Sagging gutters are a common problem. If not addressed, sagging gutters can cause serious problems, such as roof leaks and ice dams. Read on as your trusted provider of Gutter Helmet systems explains what causes gutters to sag and how to solve the problem.
Why Gutters Sag
Clogging is the most common cause of gutter sagging. The extra weight from leaves, twigs and other debris that land in your gutters can cause the system to sag or even detach from your roof. Old gutters and fascia boards also tend to sag. The paint on these components can crack and chip over time, leading to water intrusion that causes rot and rust. If the gutters are attached to the fascia with screws or nails, these can come loose over time as well.
Sometimes, even relatively new gutter systems can sag. If the gutters are smaller than they should be, a typical rain shower could be too much for it. Gutters made from thin or low-quality materials may not be able to cope with much rainwater either. Poor installation quality can also contribute to the problem.
Reducing the Risk of Sagging Gutters
There are ways that you can minimize, if not entirely prevent sagging gutters. If your gutters are old and worn down, take the opportunity to invest in a high-quality replacement. A capable gutter contractor like us can help you choose the right gutter size and profile and ensure a proper installation. Seamless gutters are also less likely to sag over time than sectional ones.
Make sure your gutters are regularly cleaned and maintained, ideally every six months. Open gutters can be cleaned by simply scooping out all the debris from the troughs, washing the rest down with a garden hose and making sure the runoff is clean. If you notice pooling water in the gutters, it could mean your system has already started sagging. If this is the case, you need professional repairs. You can also have the gutters professionally cleaned, or – better yet – consider investing in a gutter protection system like Gutter Helmet®.
To learn more about our gutter protection options, including our heated gutter system, call Gutter Helmet of Eastern NY today at (866) 252-9400. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, in-home consultation.