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How Old Gutters and Damaged Downpipes Can Still Affect Newly Installed Roofs


The upkeep of gutters and downpipes on the roofs of homes is a constant and essential concern for homeowners today. In order to ensure ongoing roof protection and the good working condition of your gutters and connected pipes, it is essential to schedule regular periodic inspections of your home’s roof areas and gutter systems throughout the year.

Only by engaging experienced experts in the professional roofing and gutter systems installation, maintenance and repair industries can you be assured that your home, its roof and gutter systems are damage-free and clear of tree branch twigs, dried leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and pipes, causing hazardous water buildups that can result in serious damage to your roof and gutter systems. 

Ways in Which Old and Damaged Gutters and Downpipes Can Affect a Newly Installed Roof

If your home’s gutters and downpipes are worn-out or damaged, they can seriously affect your newly installed roofing in the following ways:

• Water Pooling Damage. Excessive pooling of water on areas of your roof can occur when gutters and drain pipes become clogged with debris and cannot drain accumulated water from your roof during and after heavy rain or snowstorms. This pooled water can result in water leaks beneath roofing materials, damaging the underlying roof structure. This excess water can also leak into the ceiling of your home’s attic or top floor, causing damage to the interiors of your rooms. 

• Moulding or Rotting of Roofing Materials.
When water accumulations cannot drain from your home’s roof areas, roofing materials can become saturated and begin to develop mould and mildew. If left unattended over time, these water-soaked sections of your roof can weaken and rot, deteriorating to expose the supporting under-structure of the roof. Mould is a fungus that grows and spreads rapidly in damp or wet conditions, and this spreading mould will eventually cause irreparable damage to large sections of your roof. This may require the costly installation of an entire new roof on your home. 

• Dislodged Roof Tiles. Especially if you live in a very mild climate where attractive terracotta tiles are commonly used for roofing, you will enjoy the advantage of the adaptability of these clay-based tiles to absorbing water without being damaged and to dry out rather quickly under sunny skies. However, if your gutters and downspouts become clogged or damaged and water collects on the roof, seeping beneath the tiles, these tiles can become dislodged and fall from your roof, cracking and breaking while creating a hazard to anyone walking or standing near your home.  

By contacting our roofing installation and repairs experts at Johnson Roofing located in Albany, Auckland, NZ, and serving all surrounding regions, you can obtain top-rated inspections and maintenance for your home’s roof, gutters and downpiping. Our experienced professionals are prepared to install new roofing, repair damaged roofs and provide regular upkeep services to ensure that you always enjoy a safe, attractive and protective home roof with well-maintained and working gutters, drains, downspouts and connected piping. 

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