Gutters offer your home a variety of protection. Without directing rainfall or melting snow, your home’s roof and foundation could be at risk of severe damage. If you’re looking to prevent basement flooding, damage to landscaping near the home, and ultimately, the foundation of your home, then it’s time to consider installing gutters.
Reduce the Risk of Erosion
When contractors build a home, there should be a nearly undetectable slope to guide rain runoff. However, even if rain simply falls off your roof or pools around the base of your home, there is a serious risk of erosion to your foundation.
As rain builds up, it will wash away soil, and it gets worse every time it rains. In areas of heavy rain, such as throughout New England, there’s the possibility of damage to cement or concrete as well as the soil.
Gutters intervene and direct the water to a dedicated area that is away from the foundation.
Protect Your Siding or Home’s Exterior
Without a gutter system, the rainfall will go right down the side of the home. At that point, it isn’t nearly harmless rain, and it comes down the side of the home with particles from the asphalt roofing. The rain will essentially drag the asphalt along the side of your home, leaving not only a temporary layer of dirt but permanent staining and rot damage.
Gutters ensure that this doesn’t happen. The gutter system catches all, or nearly all, of the rainfall from the roof and then expedites it to a safe and designated location on the ground away from the home. That means the asphalt particles never have a chance to touch the side of the house.
Avoid Basement Flooding
As the water in the soil around the foundation builds up, it takes on additional weight. The pooling around the house can add to that pressure, and this causes the basement walls to give. The basement walls can push inward, or crack resulting in extreme flooding.
The only solution is to keep as much pressure off the foundation and home as possible. Flooded basements are not just inconvenient; they are a serious health hazard. All too often, flooded basements aren’t properly repairs or cleaned and can cause mold growth.
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