Most gutter systems are pretty low maintenance so many homeowners often forget about them. Aside from the occasional cleaning, your gutters really won’t require too much of your attention, but this doesn’t mean that they are completely impervious to damage. One major threat to your gutters is wind. Here’s how something as seemingly benign as the wind can potentially be harmful to your gutters.
1. Strong Winds
If your gutters are a bit on the older side, then strong, hurricane-level winds could be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back. Regardless of what gutter style you have, if a strong wind catches it at a certain angle, it could cause your gutters to get ripped away from the side of your house.
2. Clogged Gutters
Even a slight breeze can blow organic debris like leaves and twigs into your gutter system and cause a clog. When your gutters develop a bad clog, the weight of the water that pools inside puts a tremendous strain on its components. This will eventually lead to damage that will then lead to an expensive bill from your roof repair contractor. Luckily, this is easily avoided. Just be sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year, or more if you live in a wooded area.
3. Metal Fatigue
Metal fatigue is exactly what it sounds like – a weakened condition of the metal components of your gutters due to its constant exposure to the wind. This affects the screws or nails that fasten your gutters to the side of your house and, if left untreated, could eventually cause your gutters to sag, or worse, detach from your house completely.
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