Common to most houses and buildings, gutters are one of the most important parts of any structure. Routing water away from areas that can be damaged by water, a well maintained gutter system will pay for itself in a just a matter of years. Gutters aren’t the most exciting product, but getting to know the basics can go a long way in understanding what needs to be done in order to keep your home protected for many years to come!
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!
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 Old 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 type 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.
Keep your gutters clear of debris to ensure maximum efficiency and avoid drainage problems.. If you find yourself having to clean your gutters more often than you’d like, gutter covers may be a good option to ensure they operate at maximum efficiency.
Can I install gutters on my own?
Sure, if you are a regular do-it-yourselfer, are comfortable on a ladder and with heights, and have sufficient safety measures, you can install basic sectional gutters but you’ll need a qualified professional to install seamless and other custom gutters.