The shingles at the left end of this gutter are long enough, but those in the center section and on the right were installed too short. Therefore, drip edge will be needed to prevent water running off of the roof from falling behind these shingles.
There is no roof diverter on the upper end of this boxed in eve on the right. A diverter should have been installed by the builder, but the lack of one is typical. A diverter shunts water away so it doesn’t run the eve and rot it out.
Shingles with spider web type cracks indicate that they are worn out. Cracks in shingles can allow water to penetrate through the shingles and rot out the underlying plywood, as well eventually letting water drip into the inside of the home.
The far end of the same eve: the wood gable trim was installed too close to the shingles. Also, builders and painters virtually never paint the underside of wood trim, allowing water to wick up into the unsealed wood and rot it out.
This wood corner board has been badly damaged by woodpeckers. This many holes, this large, enable water to rot the chimney chase from top to bottom on the inside. Rot on the inside may not be visible until it’s so bad that the structure is weakened.
Once woodpeckers have punched holes in corner boards, the boards will have to be replaced by PVC, which neither birds nor insects will eat or attack. If replaced with wood, woodpeckers will just return to attack again.
This gutter has obviously been neglected for a long, long time, or there wouldn’t be plants growing in it. A single mature oak tree produces about 200,000 leaves per year, and a medium sized maple drops more than 130,000 leaves annually.
Open gutters must be cleaned out in order to function properly. On properties with an extensive tree cover, gutters will have to be cleaned out several times per year, not just once. The right kind of gutter guards can keep gutters clean.
Roof valleys, even when a steep slope is present, enable leaves to pile up. Leaves may be dry may be dry at the top, they are damp underneath, which shortens the life of the shingles and plywood. On this neglected house, the gutter is missing.
A gutter installed too high pushes the ends of the shingles upwards. In a rain, some of the water will reach the ends of the shingles, wrap around them, and then roll backwards on the underside of the shingles, and rot out the fascia wood.
The curled up ends of so many of these shingles allowed rain to run underneath them and rot out the fascia and the soffit below. When shingles curl up this much, the roof definitely needs to be replaced.
Water that runs back towards the home falls between the gutter and the fascia, or gets trapped there. Drip edge corrects this: an angled strip of metal slides under the shingles but over the back of the gutter, so water can’t fall behind a gutter.
NC Gutter Guys, Inc. can provide you with a specially designed, telescoping roof rake that can remove these harmful piles of leaves. Our telescoping brush will also work. Ours can reach more than 2 stories up, so you don’t have to climb a ladder.