Have you just installed a new roof? Over its first year new roof gutter issues can occur. You should know about what they are and what you can do about them. In fact, your roofer should let you know about them, but no one ever seems to think to bring it up. We think they should.
New Roof Gutter Issues
After you’ve installed your new roof, the shingles are going to adapt to being out in the elements (sun, rain, snow, etc.) and cure. Asphalt shingles intentionally have extra shingle granules embedded on them and you’ll find lots of them shedding during this first year. These granules will fill your gutters. Not to the brim, mind you, but they can create a thick layer on the bottom of the trough that does not wash away in the rain. This can make gutter cleaning your first year more difficult as you’ll want to clean this new roof gutter residue from your gutters. It shouldn’t be left to build up, particularly if you’ve installed moss resistant shingles.
Moss resistant shingles have copper granules built into the shingle grit. Copper granules are used to curtail the growth of algae and moss, but there is a side effect that can impact your new roof gutters you’ll only see mentioned in shingle warranties. Most shingle manufacturers comment that copper granules can impact your aluminum gutters if they’re allowed to sit in them for extended periods of time. The copper granules can will react with the aluminum and can start pitting and deteriorating your gutters, even brand new ones. Best thing is to clean your gutters frequently over the first year or install gutter guards that are designed to keep even shingle grit from entering your gutters.
What Else Happens With a New Roof and Gutters
New shingles also tend to leach asphalt, particularly in places where the roofer had to cut the shingles. You’ll find this in roof valleys, at the ends of your roof and anywhere they’ve had to cut in pipes, skylights, dormers, chimneys or any other roof feature.
At MasterShield, we often talk about shingles leaching oil, which they do over their lifetime, but tar leaching is different. As it relates to a new roof and gutters and gutters with gutter guards, there is a difference that impacts all gutter guards when asphalt is involved.
Oil is a water repellant while asphalt is water proofing. As it relates to gutter guards, water repellant liquids have a low enough density that can be cleaned with a gutter guard that has self cleaning properties, like MasterShield has. Asphalt and tar has added carbon, is much thicker and has a stronger adhesive property. If you find this residue in your gutters or on your gutter guards it won’t naturally come clean.
And while you may see other systems using this to detract you from the value of a micro mesh gutter guard, rest assured if you do have an issue with asphalt on a section of your gutter guards, your MasterShield dealer has the means of addressing the location with the problem.
Add in Gutter Guards with Your New Roof
It’s often cost effective to add in gutter guards when installing a new roof. Keep in mind the product you choose. Micro mesh systems like MasterShield can keep all shingle grit from entering your gutters, which is great if you’ve installed moss resistant shingles. But you should also expect to see those granules on the ground and that means on front stoops, or your deck, walkway or driveway. In the case of MasterShield since we promise we keep out all debris and mean it, it’s sometimes surprising to see roof granules with your new roof gutters.
Make sure you follow the advice we gave in our new roofs and gutters post so that shingles won’t extend too far over the roof deck. You’ll want your gutter trough exposed so the gutter guard can perform to the manufacturer’s specifications.