The Role of Gutters in Your Roofing System and How to Keep Them Clean

July 27, 2023
The Role of Gutters in Your Roofing System and How to Keep Them Clean

The primary role of gutters is to protect your roofing system. However, there are other reasons you need clean, functioning gutters on your house.

The Role of Gutters

Here are the reasons gutters are necessary on a home.

Gutters keep water from accumulating on your roof.

Standing water will cause your roof to rot, which – at a minimum – could lead to structural damage. In addition, a rotting roof will lead to water leaks into your home.

Gutters protect your fascia and siding.

Well-functioning gutters remove water and moisture from your home’s fascia and siding.

Gutters protect your foundation.

Functioning gutters move water away from your home’s foundation. This is essential, as standing water around your home’s foundation can freeze and thaw, causing your foundation to crack. A cracked foundation is not watertight and can cause structural damage to your home.

Gutters prevent pest problems.

Leaves, sticks, and other natural debris often draw in insects and other pests. Functioning gutters will push small debris away from your home, leaving bugs and rodents no comfortable place to nest. Also, birds and squirrels that built nests in gutters often find their way into a home’s attic.

Gutters improve your home’s curb appeal.

Beautiful, well-maintained gutters improve the aesthetics of a home. But drooping, clogged gutters make a home look poorly maintained and detract from the house.

How to Keep Gutters Clean

Clogged gutters prevent water flow. So it’s necessary to keep them clean. But cleaning gutters is a dangerous job, and it must be performed several times a year. Gutter screens and helmets can help you with this essential home maintenance task.

Gutter screens

Gutter screens are an affordable, invisible way to protect your gutters from debris. This type of gutter guard is secured to your gutter – not your roof – with stainless steel attachments. Water easily passes through the screens, into your gutters, and through your downspout. And the air is able to circulate through the gutters to dry them and remove any accumulated debris.

Gutter screens allow for maximum debris and water load. You can add gutter screens to your existing gutters – and they won’t compromise any part of your roof.

Gutter helmets

Gutter helmets fit securely on your gutters – instead of your roof – with stainless steel attachments. The nose-forward design causes debris to fall to the ground naturally. Gutter helmets can handle a heavy deluge – up to 12 inches of rain per hour.

Gutter helmets are made from heavy-duty aluminum and can be added to new or existing gutters.

Integrity Roofing, Siding, Windows & Gutters Will Help You Protect Your Biggest Investment

For gutter protection systems in KC, reach out to Integrity. We also offer seamless gutter systems that will protect and beautify your home. Our gutters are custom-made to the exact length of your home.

Integrity Roofing, Siding, Windows & Gutters has two Missouri locations and serves the entire Kansas City Metro.

Contact us today to schedule a free inspection.


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