Virginia Beach Roofing: Article About Rooftop Gutter Care Details
The rooftop may be a regular spot for inspection for Virginia Beach roofing professionals, but there are adjacent systems that require just as much care. Gutters direct water flow off the structure and into appropriate drain systems. Without a gutter system, water would immediately strike the ground close to the foundation. Structures would constantly shift and experience severe interior damage without gutters. Gutter care means pinpointing small details and adjusting them as necessary to keep larger components of the home's infrastructure protected from water damage.
A small detail often overlooked by inexperienced roofers is fastener care. There are dozens of fasteners holding gutters to a structure, from cradle supports to clamps along downspouts. Each fastener needs to be inspected and tested for stability. If one fastener is loose or pulling out from the structure, several feet of gutter length can be negatively affected. Contractors apply gentle pressure to each connection point to verify strength.
Because downspouts are at ground level, they're typically more vulnerable to damage than fixtures located at the rooftop. Cars may back into downspouts along structure edges, crushing the channel completely. Water could also back up at this juncture, creating stress within the system. Contractors evaluate these downspout areas and repair them when possible. Metal can be bent back into shape, but some damages could be so severe that replacement parts are necessary.
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The physical shape of the downspout is critical to system operation, as well as the tip's angle. If a downspout points toward the home, water will puddle at the foundation. The downspout's main job is to direct water away from the home. Contractors adjust the gutter's angle and even survey the surrounding landscape. The landscape must have good drainage out to the street or other area to protect the entire structure.
A simple and effective way to test the entire gutter system for leaks is to use a garden hose. Contractors place a hose on the roof, allowing it to simulate rain flowing into gutters. Roofers simply watch the system at all angles around the home to verify any leaking areas. Even bowing gutter sections are pinpointed this way, providing a clever way to find and fix all leaks.
Every gutter system is unique to its design and optional accessories. If homeowners have many accessories, such as gutter screens, contractors must add these checkpoints into their normal service calls. When homes are treated with attention to detail by professionals, the entire structure benefits from reduced water damage possibilities.