How to keep your gutters functional Since almost every residential roof is a sloped one, most of them have the gutter system installed around the edges. Main goal and function of gutters are to safely lead excess water up from your roof all the way to the ground. People underestimate the importance of gutters way too often and they usually end up with huge problems and thousands of dollars spent on things they could have easily avoid. That is not uncommon. I understand that you won't think about your gutters every day, but you can put a reminder on your calendar to remind you to contact a local roofing contractor and have your gutters inspected during the fall. As I have already said, the main purpose of gutters is to lead excess water from the top of your roof down to the ground. There's no great philosophy, pretty much a child can understand it, and that is why we don't think about our gutters that often. I've seen it often how homeowners just neglect their gutters thinking that they don't have to clean them or even have them repaired. Once they get eaten by rust or if they get clogged, homeowners suddenly become aware of their gutters. There are a bunch of things that could go wrong with your gutter system and most of the time; debris is the main culprit. Things such as fallen leaves, dirt, branches, trash, and anything that can end up in your gutters will accumulate, and it will become stuck. This will lead to clogged gutters. Having clogged gutters is nothing to joke about or ignore. All that excess water will now spill over the edges, create a slippery surface around your home and all that water falling close to your walls can damage your foundations. You can imagine how much it will cost to fix your foundations. Another thing, that same water will spill in the other directions, and your roofing material will be in constant contact with water. This will lead to much more problems. You will end up with a leak on your hands. Water will penetrate your home by seeping underneath your roofing material, and it will end up in your attic where it can quickly destroy your roofing support structure. Everybody knows that wood and water don't go together and your support structure will probably get infested with dry rot. This will damage the full structural integrity of your home, and you will probably need a complete roof replacement. Another thing, water will most definitely ruin your attic insulation which will leave you with even more repairs and higher energy bills. Gutters are an essential part of any roofing systems and so is caring for them. If you wish to avoid performing expensive repairs or prematurely replacing your entire roofing system, you should have your gutters inspected and cleaned at least once during a year. Two times would be even better; once during a fall and once during spring. Now would be the perfect time to have your gutters cleaned and inspected by a certified roofing professional so contact your trusted local roofer and have your gutters cleaned.