Common to most homes in America, gutters are one of the most important parts of any building. Not only assisting in maintaining your roofs health, gutters protect your home and the land around it! People normally don’t think about their gutters until they need cleaning or an problem arises but understanding what they are and what they do can benefit every homeowner.
The following are some of the more common questions we get about gutters:
What Are Gutters?
Gutters are shallow trough’s fixed strategically beneath the edge off a roof to route rainwater away from areas where pooled water can cause damage. 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 gutters?
If you notice that you’re gutters aren’t working as well as they should, you should consider replacing them.
– 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.
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 basic sectional gutters but be sure you understand the risks and take appropriate steps to protect yourself. With other types of gutters, such as seamless or custom gutters, you’ll need a professional..
Do I Need Gutter Covers?
If your property has a lot of trees and you find yourself needing to clean your gutters more often than you’d like, gutter covers can make maintenance much easier by keeping gutters clear of debris. Gutter covers don’t make a roof maintenance-free but can make maintenance a lot easier and prevent damage caused by clogged gutters!
For more answers on gutters, gutter covers or to have us come out and give you an estimate on your next gutter system, call us at 770-419-2222 today!