We never give much thought to these inconsequential looking pipes that run along lining the roof or from the roof to the ground. Every smart homeowner knows the value of these pipes. These are gutters and they protect your home from water damage.
Have you thought about how important they are? Let us help you see for yourself how vulnerable your home would be without these gutters.
5 great reasons why you should give some thought to the gutters
Gutters prevent roof leaks and damages
Roof gutters ensure that the rain water or snow on the roof is carried away from the roof as soon as possible. If water or snow collects on the roof, it can cause stagnation, damage of the roofing material and finally roof leaks.
If the roof is damaged, you will need to spring for a roof replacement which could be a costly affair. These seemingly inconsequential gutters can save you from writing these additional maintenance cheques. Take good of care of your roof gutters, people. Just clean them out twice a year and keep them debris free. You could also use gutter guards and extend the life of your roof gutters.
They guard the foundation from water damage
So, what would happen if the gutters didn’t do their job fully? What if you just counted on the roof slope to carry the rain water away? Soon you would be beset with problems in the foundation. When the water is not redirected away from the house, it could form pools close to the house. These stagnant pools could eat away right to the foundation of your house, compromising its integrity. Rainwater gutters protect the very foundation of your home.
Gutters keep the mold away
Gutters protect the roof and the foundation. In addition, they protect the exterior walls of your home. The little downspout that runs along the wall carries the water away from your walls protecting you from mold, insects and other infestation. Fewer reasons for the exterminator to visit you now. This extends the life of your home as well.
Gutters prevent flooding of your home
Improperly designed homes without an efficient gutter system can lead to flooding during downpours. During heavy rains, if the water is not speedily led away from the home, it will find its way inside and cause flooding of vulnerable areas. This will in turn lead to deterioration of the walls and foundation, causing your property to depreciate in value as well.
No more eaves dripping
“Raindrops keep falling on my head” is great hummable tune. However, no one cares to have the rainwater dripping on their head from the eaves of the roof. Imagine rushing home during a downpour and have the eaves drip over your head while you struggle to open your front door. Not at all fun. The rain gutters carry the water away from the roof and ensure that you stay dry while you open your front door.
Food for Thought
Is your home protected by a well-designed good quality gutter system? Spend some time evaluating the gutter system of your home. Clean them a couple of times a year. Spend some money on the GutterBrush to protect your gutters—and your home! They are a great time saver, ensuring that you don’t have to clean the roof gutters as frequently. Give some thought to these seemingly inconsequential exterior fittings. These are what ultimately help you extending the life of your home. They also help in retaining the value of your property if you are considering a resale.
Author Bio: Deborah Tayloe is a freelance writer and DIY blogger who regularly contributes to GutterBrush. When she’s not writing, she’s probably working on renovation projects on her 1960s ranch home in North Carolina.