During this time of year, the Minneapolis area has been getting much more rain than some of the drier parts of the country. And even though it was a mild winter, there was still a substantial amount of water that came and went, leaving some people with clogged gutters and erosion around their property that is sure to take its toll. Are your gutters doing their job?
Roofing and gutters are much more than just something to keep the water out of our homes; they are a system of water management that ensures nature will not systematically tear apart your property. With enough of it, water can work its way into your home and carve out its foundation over the years, leaving your house in a compromised condition; but it doesn’t have to be this way.
A good roofer will know what to look for in roofing repairs and replacement. It is not enough to just replace shingles and get them to look the same as the surrounding areas. An experienced roofer will manage the water so that it will drain from the gutters properly and then be deposited away from the foundation without damaging the lot. It may not seem like much, but as time goes by, runoff will slowly erode the ground several yards away from the house, exposing roots of trees, and taking some of the soil along with it. When this water freezes in the winter, it will expand and break up the ground even more. Over the years, this erosion will cause the ground to shift in ways that can damage the foundation; and it all started with improper water management.
Making sure your gutters are pitched right will ensure that there is no standing water in them. This is also important in the winter, as standing water can freeze, expand, and pull gutters away from the house. It can also back up and rot the wood behind it. Standing water will collect dirt and debris flying around in the air and actually start to grow a small garden in your gutters whether you want it to or not. It is not cute; it is destructive and needs to be removed. Nobody should have a small pine tree growing in their gutters.
If any of these sounds like your gutters, then give us a call at Iron River Construction, and let us make it right. We have over 15 years of experience and know what to look for in your perfect roof. Estimates are free, and we are looking forward to serving you. 952-443-1762