Don't Neglect Your Gutters Or You'll Be Sorry

Posted on: 13 April 2017

Do you know if your home has rain gutters attached to the edge of the roof? It is surprising how many people are not sure if they have them or not. If you do not, you need to seriously consider having them installed. If you do, try to remember when they were last serviced. If it has been longer than you can remember, or longer than six months, it is time to either climb a ladder and do the job or hire someone to do it for you. While you may think the gutters are there to keep the rain sliding down the roof and onto your head as you enter and exit the house, they are a much more important part of the building than that.

Keep the Foundation From Crumbling

One of the reasons for rain gutters is to divert the rain from puddling at the base of the house. An accumulation of water sitting near the concrete foundation will cause the concrete to weaken and crumble. It can also make the ground around the base of the house unstable if it gets wet enough. Gutters are placed so that the water that comes off your roof due to snow or rain will travel through them to a downspout. At the bottom of the spout should be a tray made of concrete or metal that causes the water to flow out and away from the house. It does not have to divert the water far, only enough so that it will not keep the foundation or surrounding ground soaked.

Keep the Roof From Leaking

Without gutters, the rain or melting snow will flow down and off the roof. However, as the water drips off, it may flow to the underside of the roofing materials and then seep under them to the wood of the roof. Even a little amount can cause the wood to start to rot. Gutters are installed in a manner that prevents the water from getting under roofing materials and causing damage. However, if you do not keep the gutters clear of leaves and other debris, the water will have nowhere to go and will rest against the roof edge. If left for any length of time, this water will destroy the roofing material and also the wood underneath.

To learn more about how gutter services can help to protect your home, contact a company like Complete Gutter Solutions.