Like most homeowners, you most likely don’t even think about your gutters until something goes wrong with them. They do however play a very important role in the overall stability, safety, and value of your home, and it’s very important to make sure they are of great quality.
Even though your home may appear to be a solid structure, there are many elements that are required to ensure it is safe from damage caused by rainwater. Rainwater can affect the areas where the roof meets the walls, and if your house is fitted with inferior gutters rainwater can enter the roof space, or if you have one, in the attic. If your gutters are not in the best condition, water can also travel downwards inside your exterior walls. Repeated downpours of rain without quality gutters can also ruin your walls, causing rot in timber and damage to sidings, and stains on the bricks or stones.
Water Runoff Can Cause Damage
Water runoff, not caught by gutters can also create soil shifts around the base of your building, which can lead to cracks in the foundation and flooding within your home. Constant water seepage can cause corrosion in many areas of your home, and this is the reason why your gutters need to be in excellent condition at all times.
Do Your Gutters Protect Your Home?
Although most homes have guttering systems, they must also function well to ensure the structure is safeguarded from rain damage. To prevent damage to your property, you need gutters that are free from overflow and leakage fitted to every sloped edge of your roof. To ensure they protect your home they must be secured properly to the fascia, to make sure rainwater is directed to the drainage connected to the gutters.
Gutters should also be angled in the right way to prevent water from standing in any areas of the gutter. Standing water will rust your gutters very quickly. You must also ensure your downpipes are secured properly with no leaks, and ensure they are connected in the right positions to allow water to be diverted away from your foundation at least 3-4 feet, or to the street.
How Gutters Protect Your Home
Gutters protect your investment in many ways, and installation of a quality gutter system is vital to ensuring your home keeps its value. Your gutters protect your home by protecting the soil around your foundation, making sure the foundation remains stable, with no erosion underneath. This will protect it from flooding beneath your slab and will also protect the turf and gardens around your foundations.
Guttering also protects your walls, sidings, and masonry from water damage. Your driveway, paths, fencing, and patios are all kept protected by your guttering as well. Guttering protects every element of your home from deterioration and protects against mold growth.