Everyone knows the old phrase about April showers bringing May flowers, but what the saying doesn't tell you is that the rain in April can also bring a lot of damage to your gutter system. Hard rain and blustery wind are always around once spring hits the air in New Jersey, and that weather can play havoc with the drainage requirements of any condo or co-op development.
"Basically gutters divert water to one location," says Evan Glaser of Gutter Master in Jackson. "They prevent all the volume of water from the roof from dispersing at the foundation, which causes obvious erosion problems."
Gutters are not only an important element of any rooftop; they are a necessity and should not be treated lightly. Improper drainage due to poor pitch is one of the biggest causes of roof drainage problems. Such improper drainage causes water to accumulate in certain spots in the gutters. This ultimately builds up debris and accelerates rusting. Clogged gutters and downspouts can also lead to big problems.
"Gutters are designed to bring the water from the roof to a central location and then disperse it at ground level, where the gutter terminates," says Ken Harvey of Storm Master in East Brunswick. "They can affect the integrity of a foundation if they are not working properly."
The Gut of the Matter
Problems arise quickly when the downspouts are damaged, bent, or cracked or there is space between the flashings (formed metal that's installed at roofing joints or intersections to prevent moisture from penetrating) and the roof.