As a homeowner you may find yourself questioning the importance of rain gutters along your roof. The rain will roll off the roof regardless, right? But these gutters do so much more than create a crisp, decorative edge along your home’s roofline. In this article we will delve deeper into the vital importance of roofing gutters and what other benefits they provide to your home.
Your home’s foundation and water do not mix!
Gutter systems are designed to guide rain water off the roof and, more importantly, away from your home’s foundation. This diverted water is essential for ensuring your home’s structural well-being. Water building up along your foundation line will erode the soil and, eventually, cause structural instability.
Roofing gutters are great for your garden!
Fully functioning rain gutters should effectively control runoff. This prevents rainwater from cutting pathways through your yard, pooling water in low-lying areas, and potentially killing your lawn, flowers, or other landscaping around your home.
Roofing gutters prevent condensation in the home!
If runoff does occur, it is reasonable to assume some of this water will enter your home through the basement or the floor. The moisture is then absorbed into the air of your home. This absorption can cause condensation along windows or fungal wood-rot in attics and walls. Yuck!
So how do I care for this essential feature of my home?
You should clean your rain gutters twice a year to prevent debris from building up and clogging the gutter system. Clogged gutters are the same as having no gutters at all, increasing your risk for potential problems in your home. Not to mention the weight of debris build up can cause some gutters to fall off altogether! Be sure to clean your gutters once in the Spring and again in the Fall, or better yet, hire a professional!
Now you know the vital importance roofing gutters play in your home’s environment! Remember it is important to check your gutter system for leaks, erosion, and sagging. If you notice any of these conditions, repairs or replacement may be necessary. Contact our team at 1.855.838.9393 or email@example.com for more information.