5 Factors That Impact Your Gutters’ Performance

Even though gutters only make up a small part of your home, they play a big role in preventing major problems from occurring. Keeping them clean is not simply a matter of keeping them looking good — not even close. Far more important is that proactively keeping your gutters clean can help you avoid problems such as:

  • Overflowing gutter

  • Water damage to your home

  • Rust and leaks

  • Pest problems

  • Ice dam formation

Keeping your seamless gutters clean doesn’t have to involve you getting on a ladder twice a year and pulling out leaves and other debris. A much easier (and safer) solution is to get a high-quality gutter guard system, such as Valor® Gutter Guards. Gutter Filters of Utah chooses to install Valor® Gutter Guards for a number of reasons for our Salt Lake City, Provo, and Ogden customers. The patented S-shaped design helps water drain more effectively, the quality and value is unmatched, and the system requires minimal maintenance and cleaning — which was the main reason you considered getting gutter guards installed on your gutters in the first place.

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Factors That Impact Your Gutters’ Performance

Your gutters are more unique than you may realize. The whole drainage system of your roof depends on a number of factors. Here are five of the big ones.

  1. Drainage Area — The size of your roof impacts how much water it can handle.

  2. Roof Pitch — The angle of the room impacts how rainwater collects. A flat roof will direct water differently than a high-pitched roof.

  3. Gutter Pitch — Standard gutters have a pitch of ¼ inch for every 10 feet.

  4. Quality of Installation — Even the nicest of gutter systems can fail you if it was installed improperly.

  5. Gutter Condition — Older gutters are more likely to have issues that reduce the quality of performance for your roof’s drainage system.

If your gutter system is inadequate, whether because it is old, was installed wrong, is the wrong design, or anything else, it should be addressed right away to prevent your gutter system from failing on occasion of the next heavy rain or snow.

One of the most common causes of a gutter system failure stems from them becoming clogged with debris. Clogged gutters can lead to a number of unexpected dangers:

  1. Roof damage

  2. Basement flooding

  3. Fascia board damage

  4. Foundation damage

  5. Driveway and sidewalk cracks

  6. Landscape damage

  7. Ice dam formation

  8. Risk of fire

What Can You Do?

In order to prevent and minimize the risks of these issues and to ensure top-quality performance of your gutters, a simple and incredibly popular solution is to get gutter guards installed. Bottomline: gutter guards will help keep debris out of the gutter system.

If you would like to learn more about the value of gutter guards for your property or would like to get a free quote, contact us at Gutter Filters of Utah today!

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