Gutters, they’re everywhere, every home and almost every building has them as they are one of the most important part of most roofing systems. Working with the rest of your roofs design, gutters protect your home and your property from what could otherwise be thousands of dollars from water damage.
When they function normally, gutters are easily forgotten about until they need cleaning or when a problem arises but understanding what they are and what they do can benefit every home and building owner, even you!
What are gutters?
Gutters are shallow trough’s fixed strategically beneath the edge off a roof to route rainwater away from the house. Available in several sizes, shapes, and colors, not only do they protect your investment but they can add to your existing architecture and bring the look of your home together!
How do you keep gutters in their best shape?
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 flow, water can pool around the roof, walls, foundations, and other areas resulting in leaks and possibly cracked foundations and worse. Clear gutters keep water from seeping down your home’s exterior and prevents ice buildups in winter.
Leaving gutters clogged for even a small amount of time can cause hundreds or thousands in damage. Fortunately, keeping your gutters clean isn’t a complicated job but you must stay on top of it!
Why would I need to replace my gutters?
To prevent major and even dangerous problems from arising in the future old, or worn out gutters should be replaced.
- Aside from water damage, 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.
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?
Sure, if you are a regular do-it-yourselfer, and are comfortable on a ladder and with heights, you can install sectional gutters but you’ll need a qualified professional to install seamless and other custom gutters.