How Bad Gutters Can Hurt Your Roof

Even if you have a roof that’s fairly new, bad gutters can cause significant damage to many parts of your roof structure. Anytime your gutters aren’t quickly and efficiently moving water away from your roof, there’s a chance structural integrity may be compromised. If you’re not sure of the extent of possible problems with your gutters, a roofer in Peachtree City can perform a thorough inspection to determine what steps may be necessary to correct the issue.

Water Accumulation

While a good roof can handle the water from rain or melting snow throughout the year, accumulated water can cause noticeable deterioration. When your gutters stop working, water has no where to go but back onto your roof. Potential damage to your roof may include:

• Fascia or soffit rot
• Weakening of sheathing
• Damage to the roof structure
• Growth of mold and fungus

Shorter Shingle Lifespan

The shingle grit on the surface of your shingles can erode underneath a downspout. Depending on the force of the water, erosion can take anywhere from a several months to a few years to become noticeable. If undetected long enough, erosion will shorten the lifespan of your shingles and expose the asphalt.

‘Hidden’ Interior Leaks

With most damaged or clogged gutters, the real issue is the force of the water. When it’s strong enough, water displaced by a bad gutter can get between shingles and cause an interior leak. If the leak occurs in a spot that’s not easily detected, extensive damage may occur to:

• Interior ceilings and walls
• The roof deck and adjacent structures
• Insulation within walls

Damage from accumulated water tends to happen slowly over time, meaning early detection can usually minimize related roof issues. Whether or not you’ve clearly spotted gutter damage, Eagle Watch Roofing, your roofer in Peachtree City has the skill and equipment necessary to safely identify and correct the problem while evaluating the structural stability of your roof.

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