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Gutters may not be perceived as the most exciting visual aspect of your business facility, but they serve several important functions. Not only do they effectively direct rain and frozen precipitation melt off of your roof, but they also help curtail flooding, avoid foundation problems, stabilize surrounding soil, and prevent water damage to your building. When understood in this context, the importance of properly installed and maintained gutters is evident.
All gutters are essentially designed to do the same thing – drain water away from your building and its foundation. But a commercial gutter system often needs to be designed differently from one that’s installed on a residential home. For one thing, commercial zones often have different requirements from residential zones in terms of building codes and regulations. Commercial buildings are also typically bigger, meaning there’s more square footage of roofing to drain. And because commercial roofs are also usually constructed with less slope, the materials and design of commercial gutters may also need to be different from their residential counterparts.
Residential gutters aren’t the only ones which require regular maintenance. Commercial gutters also need their share of some occasional TLC. One challenge that commercial roofs often face is that they are typically out-of-sight – and thus tend to also be out-of-mind for many business owners and managers. But it’s worth your while to be intentional about roof and gutter maintenance, as it can really help to save you from experiencing more costly headaches down the road.
As with many things, a little preventative maintenance now can pay great dividends over time. The earlier you can catch any potential issues with your gutters, the better off you’ll be!
One of the best things you can do to maintain your commercial gutters & downspouts is to make sure they stay clear and free-flowing. Cleaning gutters isn’t just a concern for homeowners; the gutters and drains on commercial buildings can get clogged, too. You should check your gutters on a regular seasonal cycle, or hire a local roofing professional to take care of that for you.
Joints are where any two pieces of gutter meet, and these are some of the most vulnerable areas when it comes to the possibility of a leak developing. It’s very important to keep an eye on joint areas and make sure they’re sealed properly.
Holes and punctures to your gutter system can come from storm damage including debris punctures, or can result from general weathering. Once holes like these develop, they are also prone to spread over time. Regularly inspect for damage, especially after any bouts with severe weather.
Your gutter system uses gravity to move water from the roof to the ground safely. If your gutters don’t maintain the correct downward angle, water can collect and back up. This can cause major issues with your gutters and start to affect your roof itself. Also, pay attention to the position of your gutters. If your gutters start to pull away from the roof at any point, this will certainly result in leaks and should be addressed right away.
Any breach in your gutter system becomes an entry point for water and should be corrected promptly. Once water damage starts, it won’t correct itself over time; the damage will only continue to increase if nothing is done to address the problem.
Looking for a local professional you can trust to provide reliable gutter services for your business? Look no further than the pros at Skywalker Windows & Siding! In addition to the other valuable services we provide, we also happen to be comprehensive roofing experts! We really are the gutter experts across the NC Piedmont Triad, Piedmont Triangle, Charlotte Metro, and Roanoke, VA areas. We’re happy to schedule a FREE roof and gutter inspection at a time of your convenience, and then we’ll sit down with you to share our findings and objectively discuss all the options available to you. We’re also fully equipped to fabricate custom seamless gutters for you right onsite, plus we offer quality gutter guard installation.
Does your building need renovations beyond just gutters or roofing? We provide quality window replacement, siding installation, blown insulation services, deck and porch additions, and more! Reach out to us online or simply give us a call today, and let us have the opportunity to show you the Skywalker difference for yourself!
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