Gutters are the most important part of your home and it is important to protect your home from the harmful effects of water. If you have gutters that are old, damaged, or missing parts then you are risking damage to your home. It can prevent the gutter from doing what it is meant to do which is to keep water away from the edge of your home – and a wet and saturated ground can produce a whole host of problems.
There are many misconceptions about gutters and as a result there are many mistakes homeowners are making. In some cases these mistakes are causing damage rather than preventing it. Gutters are important for so many reasons:
- Soil around the house is stabilized
- Foundation problems can be avoided
- Flooding under houses and in basements can be prevented
- Erosion can be prevented and this preserves landscaping and turf
- Water damage to siding can be prevented
- Water staining on brick and stone masonry can be prevented
- Settling and cracking of sidewalks, patios and driveways can be lessened
- Exterior doors and garage overhead doors can be preserved
Properly Installed Gutters
The majority of houses with gutters don’t have a system that is complete and installed correctly. It is important to have a properly installed gutter system that include seamless gutters on every sloped roof edge. Gutters should not hold standing water, should not leak, should be securely fastened to the fascias, and should have downspouts that are securely fastened to the exterior of the house.
Finally when it comes to gutters and the maintenance thereof, downspouts should not terminate close to the foundation.
The basic principle here is that an “ounce of prevention” can be a worth a “ton of cure” when it comes to properly managing water runoff around the house.
Water is necessary to sustain life, but it can also be a major problem when it comes to your home and is not managed in advance.