Trapped water can rot the wooden boards on which the gutters are mounted, allowing moisture to enter your home. And in the winter months, ice dams can cause snow to melt beneath shingles. Clogged gutters will cause water to build up and stay on the roof. Then, that water will seep into your home and damage the shingles, roof, and more.
It can also cause the gutter system to deform and become heavy before separating it from the house structure and taking part of the roof with it. Defective gutters can affect the roof at the most basic levels. Structural roof damage is common when gutters overflow or obstruct. This buildup is especially common after heavy rain, snow buildup, or ice storms.
Because the roof is not designed to support this additional weight, stress puts pressure on the panels and the base band. If these parts of the roof start to bend or break, it could undergo major repairs. When gutters are clogged and temperatures drop below freezing, ice causes problems in several ways. Clogged gutters become heavy and can leave your house.
If water has flowed through gutters to the terrace, driveway or sidewalks, it can freeze and cause a risk of slipping. It's important to realize that there's much more risk here than a few water leaks. Broken gutters can cause significant leaks in your home and cracks in the foundation, walls, and even the chimney. Your coating will also start to rot and water damage will seep into windows and walls.
This can be very expensive to fix. You may not have a basement, but every house has a base. Clogged gutters can cause water to enter the sand, dirt, or clay your house sits on. When it gets too wet, the base can move, causing cracks and deformations.
In addition to the basement, water can also seep into foundations when gutters are clogged. Blockages prevent the gutter system from carrying water out of your home and, therefore, can cause water to build up around the house. The gutters are attached to the roof of a house, which means that when the gutters are damaged and obstructed, the first part of the house that is affected is the roof. When gutters are clogged, they allow excessive amounts of water and debris to return to the roof, sometimes more than it can handle.
The place of greatest impact is the wood found on the edge of the roof, just below the gutter. Excessive exposure to water can cause the wood in the panels and the fascia to rot. In addition, if heavy, clogged gutters begin to separate from the house, pieces of the roof or walls are often carried with them. Understanding how bad gutters can affect your roof makes installing and cleaning gutters an important aspect of homeownership.