Your gutter system protects your home from the damaging effects of moisture. Thus, it requires the same level of care and attention as your roof, especially when performing inspections for storm damage. In this blog, local roofing installation contractor Advanced Roofing Inc. explains how strong winds can affect your gutters.
The Impact of Strong Winds on Your Gutters
Severe storms can produce strong winds that can be too much for old or improperly installed gutter systems to handle. For one, the shape and profile of the gutters can catch wind effectively at different angles, causing them to be ripped off their attachments. Even other components that are vertically aligned like downspouts and hangers are at risk of getting damaged.
Regardless of wind strength, the back-and-forth movement of the gutters can cause the material to weaken over time. Metal fatigue can affect the screws, hangers and nails that keep the gutters in place. This is why it pays to work with a reliable roof maintenance company that can perform a thorough inspection of your gutters to head off any issues that may lead to metal fatigue. Depending on the severity of the problem, the pros can seal cracks and gaps or replace damaged gutter sections with new ones.
Wind alone isn’t the only factor that can weaken the gutter material and cause damage. Airborne debris can carry a tremendous amount of energy enough to dislodge the gutters from their attachments. It is more likely to happen if there’s evidence of corrosion on the fasteners or weakening of the fascia. A regular inspection can help determine signs of rot and rust, including blistered or peeling paint and brown streaks on the fasteners.
Advanced Roofing Inc. offers custom-made gutters in a variety of finishes, colors and materials. You can count on our staff to help you with your gutter repair and replacement. If you have any questions about emergency roof repair costs or want to learn more about our exterior home improvement services, give us a call at (630) 521-3573. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Plainfield, IL, and the surrounding Illinois communities.