The Critical Role Gutters Play in Protecting Your Roof

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The gutters are a part of your home that you like don’t pay much attention to as long as they are working as they should. While they are a feature that often blends into the background for many homes, they actually play a critical role in protecting your roof and your home. With so much invested in these two things, it’s important to maintain your gutters properly at all times.

Controlling Water Flow

Water is one of the most potentially damaging elements for your roof. Extended exposure to standing water—the kind that isn’t properly draining off your Bellevue roofing—can cause significant problems for your roofing shingles over time. Properly functioning gutters are designed to capture water coming off the roof and channel it safely away from your home, but if they are clogged, have damaged seams, or have come apart from your home in some areas, they aren’t doing their job properly. Water might be building up along the edge of your shingles, which can cause damage, or it could be leaking through to your walkways and the foundation of your home below.

Fixing Gutter Issues

The most important thing you can do to prevent some of the damage that is caused by improperly working gutters is to get them working right. Have a Bellevue roofer come over and check your gutters for any problems, and fix them right away if you find damages. Clogged gutters are also an issue, so be sure to clean them out at least once a year (twice a year is even better), or hire a gutter cleaning service to help.

Remember Safety First

Some people enjoy a do-it-yourself project every now and then, and you may even find yard work cathartic, but remember to think about safety any time you are working with your gutters since you’ll be up on a ladder or on the roof. If you don’t have the proper safety equipment to prevent falls and injuries, call a professional Bellevue roofing company to help.