Installing rain gutters is something that is very important. As a matter of fact, it cannot be expressed how important it is that you have a gutter system on your home. If you don’t have one, you’re looking at a plethora of problems. Unfortunately, this is something that is overlooked by a lot of homeowners because they are simply one of those things that sort of function on their own, making it easy to forget that they need to stay in tip top shape, and that new ones are installed when the existing ones need to be replaced.
What will happen?
If you don’t install a rain gutter system on your home when you build it or install a new system when your existing one is in disrepair, you’re looking at a lot of issues. Here is a list of some of the problems you may encounter:
- A gutter system that is not in good shape can cause water to run underneath the shingles on the roof. This can cause roof damage to occur. This is also an issue when it snows, so it is important that you have a rain gutter in place for when the snow melts.
- A home without a gutter system will have water running down the side of the house. This means that the water can get underneath siding if the home is sided. This also means that erosion can occur in some places. For example, a brick home may encounter erosion and there is the fact that a “rusting” effect can occur.
- The foundation can become damaged. When the foundation has large amounts of water running against it for long periods, cracks start to form.
- Without gutters in place, you literally have a moat around your house. This is not good news for you if you have a basement. The basement can easily flood if there are any cracks in your foundation.
As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to have a rain gutter system in place. The water will drain off of your home in a nice and neat manner. You won’t have to worry about flooding around your home, a leaky basement, or a suffering roof.
Cost of New Gutters
Luckily, gutters are not very expensive. It does depend on what kind you buy because there are various materials used to make gutters. You have aluminum, copper, and vinyl to choose from. Each material has its pros and its cons, so it is important for you to figure out which is best for you and your home.
But even if cost is an issue, it is important to keep in mind that the cost to repair damage to your home will always exceed the cost of having a rain gutter system installed on your home. It is better to be safe than sorry because sorry can be quite expensive. Being safe means that you will be keeping your money where it belongs and that is in your pocket.