It may not seem like gutters would be a part of the roofing maintenance plan, but they are a part of your roofing system. So, maintaining your gutter system is a part of maintaining your roof. In fact, your gutters may require more regular attention than your roof ever will if they are in a place where debris accumulates.
One of the most obvious things to check for in your gutter system is the downspouts directed so that water runs away from the home. And if not, this is a fairly easy fix in most cases.
The rest of the gutter maintenance that has more impact on your roof, preventing damage is most likely done on a ladder. Again, if you don’t feel comfortable climbing ladders to maintain your gutters it is best left to the professionals.
Here’s what you should be looking to identify and fix. Check the angle of the gutters to make sure the water runs toward the downspouts. If the angle isn’t correct, the gutter could be sagging. So then check to see if the gutter is secure to the fascia board. This might require simply pounding in some loose spikes into the fascia board, but there are a variety of ways to secure the gutter that might be a little more work than you bargained for.
Storms can loosen gutters as well as excess water, in particular if the water begins to rot the fascia board, or even roof decking. So, part of your gutter inspection should include looking for rotted wood.
Also, it is important to examine the gutters at the bottom of the valleys. Watch it during a rainstorm and see if water is spilling over the gutter at or near the valley locations. In some cases, a rainwater diverter (gutter guards, splash guards) may need to be installed.