It is important to understand the scope of roof inspection to touch upon all the aspects of the roofing system. Besides the roof, the gutters and downspouts are important elements of the roofing system because if these do not function efficiently, they will damage the roof. The Benchmark Roofing and Restoration inspectors are well aware of the points to check during a roof inspection and would surely pay the required attention to the gutters and downspouts.
The roof and gutters are prone to wear and tear. Most of the debris and garbage accumulated on the roof gradually travel towards the gutters and settle near the mouth. The debris poses a great risk for the roof because it obstructs water draining, which might take longer to drain and expose the roof to water damage.
Since gutter damage will happen over time, knowing the signs will help ascertain the seriousness of the problem and take suitable action.
Cracks in the gutter
Since cracks in the gutters precede leaking, detecting cracks early can help avoid the problems posed by leaking gutters. Even a single crack in the gutters would mean that the system is redundant. Gutter cleaning Seattle creates a pathway for water draining from the roof and direct it to the right places to protect the foundation of your home. But cracks in gutters will allow water to reach unwanted places and damage the home. The size and number of cracks will tell you if it is time for gutter replacement.
The gutter material is prone to rust and corrosion and is like a chronic disease that keeps recurring and worsens the condition of gutters. Although gutters have a protective coating, it wears away, and rusting begins. When gutters are too old, the rusting is extensive, and replacement is the only option. Rusted and corroded gutters are as bad as cracked gutters, and getting new gutters will protect the roof and the building.
The coating of the gutters is capable of withstanding considerable strain and delays wear and tear. The temperature fluctuations, blistering winds, and heavy rain lashing on the roof reduce the gutters' resistance that slowly begins to wear away. The earliest sign is paint peeling off the gutters, and aging is a sure sign for gutter replacement.
Watermarks under gutters
Minor cracks can escape your attention but leaving them unattended can harm the gutters. Even if the cracks escape your attention, look for watermarks on the sides of the gutter, which is a sure sign of cracked gutters. Do not neglect the slightest mark of water soaking in the walls and arrange to replace the gutters immediately.
Puddles around your home
Fully functional gutters will not leave any signs of water flowing to undesired places on the property. But if you observe large puddles of water around your home, it is reason enough to suspect malfunctioning of the gutters. Either the gutters have cracked or clogged that drove water to all places across the property.
If cleaning the gutters does not solve the problem, then replacing them is the only option.