Your roof plays a huge role in keeping your property protected and efficient. Many of its components may not appear very important, but, believe me, each one has a role to play in the maintenance of your home.
The Importance of Gutters
The proper installation of gutters can prevent the need for you to deal with costly repairs for your roofing and your home as a whole. Gutters drain water away from your home, preventing possible damage to the roof and the rest of your home.
A gutter’s most important function is draining water away from your home via your downspouts and keeping your foundation as well as other components of the home safe and dry. Sometimes, however, we forget to clean out the debris from our gutters before the next heavy rainstorm, which can lead to clogging and the pooling of water that has no way to drain.
This pooling water can be a fertile breeding spot for mosquitoes, but insect infestation could actually turn out to be the least of your concerns. As the weather turns cold and the snow comes, even more complex problems can occur. Blocked gutters won’t allow precipitation to drain away as it should, leading water to back up underneath your roofing material, where it will typically refreeze, melt and then refreeze once more. This can cause ice dams to form that can, in turn, cause roof rot. The penetration of moisture can also lead to decay or mold in your roof deck.
Keeping your gutters clear will preserve your roof and other components of the home, like your home’s foundation.Gutter systems prevent flooding and ensure soil stabilization; they can prevent landscaping from washing away and can help preserve the exterior of your home, besides.
While gutters are the actual transportation system used to draw water away from your home, another component, flashing, protects vulnerable channels and seams on your roofing
Why Flashing Matters
Roof flashings add a finished look to your roof and also help prevent wind and insect damage. Flashings’ primary purpose, however, is to ensure that your roof remains watertight around the roofing edges, in valleys and along walls as well as around chimneys, vent stacks, skylights and other protrusions.
You need flashing to prevent moisture seepage. Installed properly, it should extend far enough underneath your siding and roofing to act as a moisture barrier and to ensure that no water can reach the underlayment, no matter how much the roofing material shifts.
All told, flashings are essential to building a long-lasting, watertight roof that’s resistant to wind damage.
Without a doubt, gutters and flashing are among the essential components of your roofing you ought to keep your eye on, but there are also other equally important roof components we should monitor. Learn about soffits and fascia and how to they affect your roof’s function in Part 3.