Leaking Gutters Don't Always Need to Be Replaced!
Fascia boards that hold your gutter system are often made of wood. When debris builds up in your gutters, clogs cause water to build up in your gutters. The water build up causes wooden fascias to deteriorate and rot pretty quickly. Even worse, if your home is wood and/or has wooden siding, the water backup can cause expensive damage to the structure of your home.
Water is a home’s worst enemy. The job of a well maintained gutter system is to whisk water away from your home. A clogged gutter stops your gutter system from working and too often allows water to pour over the sides of your gutters. Over time, this water builds up around the foundation of your home causing mold, cracks and in some cases, foundation collapse.
Foundation damage can be caused by more than just rain overflow. Are your downspouts endangering your foundation? Make sure that your downspouts extend well beyond the perimeter of your home. You can purchase an extender inexpensively at a home improvement store. Placing pavers, stones or concrete around the perimeter under downspouts can also create better drainage and prevent water from invading your home.
Sagging gutters don’t always need to be replaced, but the wood behind them may need replacing if they’e been clogged for too long. Sagging gutters are usually caused by clogged/dirty gutters which can create a cascade of other problems like ice dams.
Michigan winters aren’t kind to gutters, during the coldest months ice dams can form on your gutters or the lower edge of your roof. Ice dams cause water to pool and eventually seep into the home. Clogged gutters prevent water from draining, which increases the chance for ice dams. The weight of winter ice dams can cause your gutters to sag or fall from your home. Are your gutters squeaky clean but you’re still experiencing winter ice dams? Your home’s insulation may be to blame.
After inspecting the home’s gutters we decided that the best course of action was to replace a damaged section of gutters after a thorough cleaning and then seal the leaking seams. The home’s fascia was in great shape so we were able to fasten the gutters with stronger gutter hangers spaced to support the gutter system appropriately. The result was a properly working gutter system and one happy homeowner.
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The Modern Pros has been a Northville Roofing Contractor, Siding Contractor and Gutter Contractor, Insulation Contractor and Interior/Exterior Painting Contractor serving Southeast Michigan for over 25 years. We provide a wide range of home improvement solutions to fit any budget on any size home. Every homeowner is treated with the same care and respect, no matter the job size. Learn more about us, view some of our recent work or explore our current promotions. Contact us today and let us help you modernize your home.