Gutters and downspouts that are in good shape shouldn’t be making bothersome noise. However, if they are producing annoying sounds, there may be something wrong with the system. Keep in mind that a compromised gutter system can risk your home’s exterior and foundation to costly water damage.
Read on to find out about the common causes of noisy gutters and downspouts from a leading residential roofing contractor.
High winds, heavy storms and other elements can cause your gutters to loosen from the roof. Your gutters can also expand and contract due to temperature changes, pulling the brackets out of place. After some time, an entire section of your gutter system may fall loose. When it rains, the force of water hitting the gutters can cause them to shake and make noise. The movement can also cause water to splash loudly against the downspouts.
Rainwater should be able to flow freely through gutters and downspouts. When your gutter system is clogged, water can overflow to your siding and back up to the roof, resulting in damage. Like your roofing system, your gutters also require regular inspections and cleaning. It would also help to invest in a quality gutter protection system to prevent debris from entering the system and reduce the need for cleaning.
Your gutters may look proportional at a distance but a properly installed system has a slight angle. Gutters usually have a slope of 0.25 inches for every 10 feet. The slight slope lets gravity pull the water into the downspout and prevent it from building up near the roof. When your gutters are too straight, the water won’t flow along the edges. Every drop will fall into the corner of the downspouts, making a loud, dripping sound.