You may wonder why you need rain gutters. After all doesn’t the water just run off the roof anyway, even without rain gutters. Why should you have to deal with the hassle of cleaning leaves and debris out of your rain gutters on a regular basis? The answer is quite simple. Rain gutters protect the structural integrity of your home. Read on to learn how.
If you don’t have rain gutters, the rain that runs off the roof creates a little ditch all along your foundation that slowly undermines the foundation. Additionally, if your roof has some valleys, the rain will pour off these in a solid stream and dig holes right next to your foundation. This is definitely not good and will cause your foundation to fail as time passes.
Another reason why you need rain gutters is that rain hitting the ground right next to your house will throw mud and water up onto your siding. This can cause wear and tear and rotting, so you’ll also need to repaint or replace your siding much sooner if you don’t have rain gutters.
Furthermore, if you have a basement and your walls are not thoroughly sealed, water running directly off your roof along your foundation will seep in and cause you problems with mold, mildew, dampness and even flooding.
It’s easy to see that there are lots of reasons why you need rain gutters. Remember that it is not enough just to put any rain gutters in place. It’s important that you have a good installer evaluate your situation to install the right kind of rain gutters and set up a proper drainage system that will carry water away from your walls and foundation. Improperly installed rain gutters are really not any help at all.
Once you have gotten the right rain gutters properly installed, regular maintenance is essential. Be sure to set up a schedule to have your installer come out and clean and service your rain gutters seasonally or take this upon yourself if you feel confident to do it correctly. Chances are, with the risk, hassle and unforeseen complications involved in rain gutter maintenance, you will find hiring a professional service worthwhile. After all, rain gutters protect the integrity of your home, so caring for them properly is well worth the expense.