While maybe not the most exciting product, Gutters are an integral part most American homes, especially those with shingle roofs.
Gutters protect your home by working with your roofing system and routing water away from your areas that otherwise would be damaged by ponding water.
When clogged or broken, the system breaks down not only allowing water to pool in sensitive areas weakening your roof but getting into other places that normally aren’t exposed to water, like your electrical system.
Gutters aren’t complicated so keeping them in top shape isn’t a difficult task. With just a little knowledge, homeowners can keep their gutters in shape for many years to come.
The following are some of the more common questions we get about gutters:
What Are Gutters?
Gutters are the shallow trough’s fixed strategically beneath the edge off a roof to route rainwater away from the house. Seen on most homes in America, gutters are as common as roofs themselves.
Available in several sizes, shapes, and colors, not only do gutters protect your investment, they can also add to your existing architecture and bring the look of your home together!
Why do I need gutters?
Gutters are there to help protect your investment from damage done by water during rainstorms. Gutters that are clogged or otherwise ineffective can cause expensive and potentially dangerous problems.
Without proper gutters, water can pool around walls, foundations, and other areas resulting in leaks and possibly cracked foundations and worse. Gutters keep water from seeping down your home’s exterior and prevents ice buildups in winter.
Why should I replace my gutters?
– For reasons stated above, to prevent major and even dangerous problems in the future.
– Old, worn out gutters are an eyesore and can reduce the value of your property.
– Old gutters can be dented or bent in such a way they cannot be repaired or reworked rendering them ineffective.
– You want to change the color or tupe of gutters (perhaps some nice copper ones?).
How can I tell if my gutters are ineffective or not draining properly?
If during the rainfall, you can hear water “slapping” the ground or can see water pouring over the sides of your roof, you may need to have the cleaned or replaced, If you notice mold or see pools of water forming around the outside of your house, that’s a good indication you may have a drainage problem.
Can I install gutters on my own?
Installing sectional gutters is a relatively simple task for those inclined to be “do it yourselfers” and are willing to learn and observe proper safety procedures and recommendations. However, when it comes to seamless and other custom gutters you’ll need to hire a professional. Gutters are so critical you’ll want to be absolutely sure they are installed properly. If there are any doubts, call a professional.
For more answers on gutters or to have us come out and give you an estimate on your next gutter system, call Atlanta Roofing Specialists at 770-419-2222 today!