It might be tempting to listen to whomever has something to say about gutter leak repair, but some beliefs are untrue enough to be harmful.
When it comes to gutter leak repair, there isn’t always one right answer. However, there are usually a large number of wrong answers out there. Problems can arise when you embrace those myths as facts. Some of this bad advice comes as a justification for saving time or money, but this practice is pointless. The cheaper, less reliable alternatives are only a temporary solution. Additionally, the constant replacements and repairs they lead to defeat the purpose of trying to save money in the first place.
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house, and the gutters are one of its most critical features. This observation leads us to the first bit of bad gutter advice you might receive from time to time.
If Someone Said a Leaky Gutter Has Nothing to Do with the Roof, That’s Not True
Visually, gutters might not seem like they’re part of the roof. However, gutter maintenance and repair is crucial for the livelihood of your rooftop — and by extension, your house. Gutters handle the task of diverting water away from the house. If they get clogged or damaged (or both), the roof can be at risk for structural issues. The components on and under the roof can be subject to rot if water collects and seeps in over time. Additionally, your home’s foundation could fall victim to water damage if the gutters aren’t capable of properly directing water away from it.
Contrary to Popular Belief, Aluminum Gutter Replacements Aren’t Always the Best Choice
If repairs are out of the question and you need new gutters, you might find that people believe aluminum is the only practical option at your disposal. While this material has its advantages, such as being resistant to rust, it isn’t always going to be the best choice. Your situation will have an impact on the ideal gutters you choose, of course. You may want steel to resist physical harm from tree branches or debris. Alternatively, you might prefer plastic or copper as you seek to match the gutters to the design and style of your building.
All Gutter Inspections Are Essentially the Same, Right? Wrong!
To get a better understanding of your gutter’s condition and the repairs it requires, scheduling an inspection will be the best way to proceed. While you can identify certain warning signs on your own, a professional can check for more subtle issues that could restrict a gutter’s ability to do its job. The best way to avoid bad inspectors is to understand what a dependable one should be doing for you. A good inspection should check for:
- Dips in the gutter that allow water to pool, which attracts mosquitos and deteriorates the material over time
- Clogged downspouts
- Weak points at connections and corners, where “stripes” made by water damage appear on the house exterior
- Correct overflow locations (checked for via testing)
- Discolored and chipped paint, a warning sign for damage
If you need to get multiple estimates before proceeding, don’t hesitate to do whatever you consider necessary. If you’ve shopped around and are looking for a roofing contractor you can depend on, the experts at Cornerstone Roofing are ready to provide you with a reliable gutter inspection.
Our professionals have experience with every type of roofing project. We’ll guide you from the inspection all the way to the repair itself. We even work with all major insurance companies. To learn more about how we can assist you with gutter leak repair, or to schedule an inspection, contact us online or give us a call at 770-844-9800 today.