We all know gutters give some direction to the volumes of water coming off your roof during rainfall but for most of us, we feel we can live without it. Did you know that this seemingly insignificant facet of your home serves a valuable and irreplaceable purpose?
Why are gutters important to a house?
They indirectly protect your foundation and the structural integrity of the fixings around it. It also prevents your house from becoming unsightly and reduces the possibility of mold infestation.
This apparatus is designed to collect the water from rainfall and discharge it away from the home. Without this feature any water off the roof will pool around the perimeter of your home where it can soak into the earth and make inroads that can gradually eat away at and destroy your foundation.
This can also be the case when it comes to your home fixings such as windows and doors. Without that extra layer of protection and no restraint, frames and structures can easily be eaten away costing you great expense to fix and replace what has been destroyed.
The force at which the water hits the ground can create a ‘splash zone’. As surface dirt separates from the earth due to the moisture, it can be projected onto the extremities of your home. Not only is this unsightly but when it becomes dry, it can be a challenge to remove and can cause scrapes along with other types of damage to your paint job.
Where there is continued exposure to moisture there is the risk of mold development. By keeping water off the surface of your home you can reduce the chances of mold and mildew developing. This is especially the case in areas such as basements.
Do you need to have gutters installed during the winter?
Gutters should be installed before winter sets in which allows you to be prepared for when the ice begins to melt. Without gutters the melted ice can create a situation similar to a moat around the perimeter of your home. This can result in even worse damage than during periods of rain. Damage to roofing, windows and doors is a distinct possibility.
Does my gutter need to go all the way around the perimeter of my house?
Gutters may not be necessary in parts of your home where the surrounding earth has been covered in concrete. This is also the case for areas the slope away from the house and those that have extended eaves.
Are gutter guards necessary?
These are not a mandatory accessory; however, they can help prevent clogs that typically occur due to a buildup of debris such as leaves. Without guards you may have to climb up to your roof and clear the clog yourself from time to time which can be a dangerous chore.
Setting up a good gutter system can ensure the structural integrity as well as the beauty of your house is maintained no matter what the weather conditions may throw at you.
Taking care of the exterior of your home includes gutter service and maintenance and an experienced home improvement team will get you the results your home needs. 180 Contracting offers comprehensive gutter solutions that will keep your home safe from water damage including new gutter installation, gutter guards and gutter repair. We will custom fit the gutters to your home with high quality materials and workmanship yielding strong, durable and long-lasting protection. Call 180 Contracting today for a no-obligation, Free estimate!