A home is made of many different components that work together for a fully functional whole, from the roof (which should not leak) to drywall to insulation to the heating and air conditioning, and one part of the home that is often taken for granted, but is no less important, is the gutters surrounding its roof. Public buildings need gutters too, and uses strong, wide ones to catch even greater volumes of water than what lands on a suburban home. This is critical so that water does not flood the building’s surroundings, and a gutter system will redirect water away from nearby buildings and businesses, too, which may in fact be covered under local ordinance or construction law. For a homeowner or a public building manager, there is a lot of upkeep to keep in mind, and this will include gutter repair or, on a similar note, maintaining metal roofing and making sure that it does not leak or get holes, and that the gutters are attached firmly to that metal roof. A homeowner can even conduct an Internet search like “Colorado Springs roofing contractors” to find crews in their area to install a new system or repair a damaged one. For the roof of a building, what are some general trends and strategies for keeping water away?
Roofs and Water
Gutters are just one part of the equation. The quality and type of shingles or roofing material will also play a part, not to mention using the proper materials to make the roof truly waterproof or seal small cracks and holes that already exist in it. Ever since 1901, asphalt shingles have been used to great effect, and they have been a part of the American home landscape for over 110 years. Newer roofs are built with snow loads of 15 to 30 pounds per square foot in mind, and roofs will also catch nearly 600 gallons of water with just one inch of rain, so having proper waterproof methods is vital for preventing any water damage from happening. In general, asphalt shingles can be expected to protect a roof for 12 to 15 years after installation if a reliable contractor crew is hired. Rubber spray-on materials and liquid rubber can be used to effectively seal any small cracks or holes in the roof and prevent new ones from appearing, and roofing crews can be hired to carry out this work if so desired. Doing so can prevent a lot of water ingress in the years to come, even in the event of heavy rain or melting snow.
The gutters themselves should not be overlooked. They are important for keeping water away from the foundation of the home, and when clogged or worn out, gutters may break away and fail to do their job, or they can cause a massive buildup of water that can damage the roof itself. For most suburban homes, the most common gutter clogging agent is fallen leaves and twigs from trees that can compost over time and form waterproof dams in the gutters, and this can cause too much water to build up in the gutters and on the nearby expanse of the roof, and this pressure can cause water to leak into the roof. Another potential hazard is that if the gutters have a buildup and too much water is being held, then the heavy gutters may break free of their screws and split away from the home, and that will mean a major repair job must be done.
Whenever a home’s gutter is damaged or old, a homeowner can hire a roofing crew to remove it and replace it with a new one, that may be made from better materials such as vinyl. New gutters will ensure that all water will be carried away as needed, and that there will be no risk of water buildup or other damage in the future. A homeowner can further prevent problems when they regularly use a ladder to check the gutters for any built up leaves, twigs, animal nests, or anything else that would block off water, and remove it all. This keeps the water flowing, and this simple fix can prevent a lot of problems from happening later on.