Wondering how to fix gutters pulling away from your house? Separating gutters don’t just spoil the perfect outline of your home - they also spell trouble. Keeping them in place is vital to protecting your home from damage when it rains. Knowing why gutters are important, what they do, and how to fix them can help you avoid having any problems with them in the first place.
Why Are Gutters Important?
Rain gutters can be unassuming, even to the point where you may be asking what do gutters do? But they play a vital role in helping water properly drain away from your home. Without gutters, water from rain or snow would simply cascade off the edge of your roof onto the ground or trickle down the siding. Over time, this could lead to mold growth within your home and water damage to the affected surfaces. This can be a major problem in a place that experiences heavy, punctuated downpours like Las Vegas.
Even though Las Vegas receives rain infrequently, rain gutters are still a must-have. However, many homes in the Valley still don’t have them, despite the vital role they play in protecting a home. Some homeowners feel that since it doesn't rain that often here, they can just “deal with it.” Unfortunately, this mentality leads homeowners to expose themselves to numerous hazards they could easily prevent.
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Gutters are an inexpensive addition to any home and can yield benefits for years that far outweigh their installation cost. At the same time, a home without gutters can face numerous hazards when it does rain here, such as during the monsoon season or in the soggy winter months.
Benefits of Gutters
- Extend life of your roof
- Protect your siding
- Prevent mold growth
- Keep you dry
Problems From Not Having Gutters
- Shorter roof lifespan
- Mold growth inside the home
- Moisture damage inside the home
- Water damage to the siding
- Water damage to the foundation
If Your Gutters Are Pulling Away From Your House...
Even though it seems like they’d require little upkeep, roof gutters require regular maintenance to perform their function of protecting your home. Twice-annual cleanings and gutter repair can remove silt and debris that builds up in them over the year. If you live next to a tree or if there’s been an exceptional number of storms or high-wind events, you’ll want to schedule more frequent cleanings. Regular cleanings can also remove pests that can make a home inside the gutter and cause problems.
If pine needles, dirt, and other materials are allowed to collect within gutters, they can weigh it down and cause it to separate along its own seams or from the soffit. Water can also back up into the roof if there isn’t proper gutter drainage. This problem can become especially hazardous during winter months, as the water trapped in gutters can freeze and form an ice dam. Likewise, water that backs up into the roof can also freeze and expand, further exacerbating the damage.
How to Fix Gutters Pulling Away From Your House
If the roof gutters are pulling away from your house, then it’s important to call a professional roofing repair company and service provider as soon as possible. The repair process typically involves inspecting your gutters and the soffits to which they were attached. The contractor will then determine the point of failure and recommend ways to remedy them. You may need new gutter brackets, spikes, or hangers, installed and potentially new holes drilled in your soffits.
Seamless gutters can be an attractive option for homeowners who are looking to reduce gutter maintenance and improve their overall performance. Created from one long piece of metal, seamless gutters have far fewer potential failure points that typical roof gutters. They can also be custom cut on-site to the length of your roof to provide total, seamless coverage. We can create these for you if you’re thinking of installing a new gutter system or if you want to upgrade your current one.
How Far Should Gutters Drain From the House?
It’s recommended that water from your roof drain at least 6 feet from your home’s foundation. Failure to channel rainwater far enough away from the base of your home could result in your home being undermined by its own gutter system. This can lead to severe damage to your home’s foundation over time and expensive repairs. If your gutters aren't draining properly or far enough from your home, contact us for assistance and we can share our expertise with you as a premier roofing company serving clients throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
If Your Gutters Don't Look or Function Like They're New, Give Us a Call!
Roof gutters can be an unassuming part of your home, but they perform a vital function that can extend its overall longevity. If your gutters could use an overhaul (or if you don’t have any!), get in touch with us today for help with your residential gutter installation. At The Original Roofing Company, we offer 6-inch K-style and half round seamless gutters made from aluminum, copper, and galvanized steel in 40 different colors. We can also offer a seamed gutter system for your home on request.