Unless you have a bad roof, you likely take it for granted. It’s just…there. It exists. But a good roof works hard to keep you warm, safe, and dry. Without a good roof, you’d feel the elements — rain, snow, wind — and likely have to clean up much more debris (dirt, leaves, and the like). Your energy bills will also likely be higher if you don’t have a good roof (and good insulation under it). However, most of us think of a roof as just the bit with shingles or what covers the top of the house. But your gutters matter too. Keeping your gutters well maintained can have a big impact on the health of your roof and keep you from having to look at the cost of a new roof or even roof repairs.
The Importance of Gutters
Plenty of people ignore their gutters — or maybe even forget that they exist, which is a big mistake. A bad gutter system can allow water to get under the shingles on the roof, which means that every time it rains, water is flowing under your roof — and the power of water is immense, wearing down even stone. Roof damage is inevitable if you don’t fix the problem.
Similarly, with no gutter system, water will simply roll down the side of the house. Like with your shingles, water might get under the siding, causing it to erode. The foundation can also be impacted, with water moving against it, causing cracks and instability. You might also see your basement start flooding, as a result.
Gutter installation is fairly inexpensive and it can wind up saving you tons of money in the long run. It keeps water away from your roof, siding, and foundation, funneling it off away from the house.
Why Is It Important to Maintain My Roof?
So we’ve already talked a bit about why it’s important to keep your gutters maintained (and if you DON’T have gutters, why you should get them immediately). However, paying attention to your roof is equally important — and this is likely something homeowners are more likely to pay attention to than their gutters. Whether you have asphalt shingles on your roof, which have been used on American homes for over a century, or a more modern metal roof, all roofs need upkeep.
As mentioned in the introduction, your roof keeps you safe from the elements, random debris, and even critters. It can reduce how hot your home gets in the summer, and keep it from freezing in the winter. However, the barrage of elements and fluctuation in temperature can do a number on it.
If you don’t want to start having to regularly patch leaks or deal with higher energy bills, it’s wise to keep an eye on the health of your roof. We’ll discuss some common maintenance techniques for maintaining both roofs and gutters in the next section.
How Can I Maintain My Roof and Gutters?
One major tenet for both roofs and gutters is to regularly clear debris out of them. Leaves, twigs, and dirt can easily accumulate on both, which weighs them down, holds moisture, and prevents it from draining. This might lead to moss or mold growth.
Speaking of moss, you should definitely make sure that moss stays away from your roof. It can have a huge negative impact on the integrity of your roof as it sets roots down and then expands.
You should do regular checks as well to make sure that your gutters are secure and that all parts are working as they should. A sagging gutter can lead to trouble later.
And, of course, consulting a roof and/or gutter technician at least once every couple of years (more often if you have an older roof), is never a bad idea. They can do a complete evaluation of your roof’s health and advise on any further steps that need to be taken.
Don’t neglect your roof or gutters — they both play an integral role in keeping your home warm, safe, and dry.