Why are Gutters an Important Part of Your Roofing System

Why Gutters are Important to Your Home

Rain gutters may not seem like an important part of your house, but the truth is they are invaluable to the safety of your home and family. Their most important function is to guide rainwater away from the foundation of a house. If you don’t have gutters properly installed on your home, you risk many dangers and ongoing home improvement tasks as rainwater and melted snow take their toll.

Erosion

When houses are initially built, they are positioned on a slope to help runoff flow away from the foundation. Without gutters, rainwater and snowmelt fall off your roof in large amounts causing the ground around your home to wear down as it washes away. Once a house is no longer positioned on a slope, the water sits or runs towards your foundation instead and can cause the foundation to settle or crack.

Ruined Flower Beds

Landscaping is a great way to increase curb appeal. We see many homes with flowers and shrubs planted along the perimeter of the house. Once soil erosion occurs, these flowers and shrubs can be washed away or pools of water can collect, destroying and drowning your landscaping efforts.

Water in the Basement

If too much water sits at the base of your house, it can push on the foundation and leak into your basement through cracks in the wall. In addition to having to manage the water in the basement, you also have to worry about items that are stored in the basement being destroyed. There is also the potential for mold and mildew to grow especially in warmer months. Mold is a serious threat to the safety and health of your family.

Stained or Rotted Siding

As water falls off your roof, it inevitably hits the siding before reaching the ground. This constant contact can stain siding, especially if it is lighter in color. It can also cause wood siding to rot or moisture to leak behind the siding causing the structure to rot which can allow water to seep inside your house.

If you are ready to install or replace a gutter system, make sure you hire a professional roofing company you can trust. Contact Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today for a free inspection.

 

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