When it comes to home exterior features, gutter systems tend to be more of an afterthought. So, why are gutters necessary? Read on to learn about how gutters help keep your property safe and protected against costly damage.
Properly functioning gutters collect water from your roof and divert it safely away from your home. If the system is faulty, that water can collect in your yard and damage gardens and landscaping features. This pooling can erode and wash away soil over time, potentially causing damage to your sidewalks, driveway, and/or foundation and leaving you with a dangerous, expensive problem.
Similarly, when the soil around your home becomes overly saturated, the excess weight and pressure can cause cracks in the basement walls. This allows water to seep in and lead to mold, mildew, and the unpleasant, musty smell of excess moisture. If this issue isn’t resolved quickly, your basement is at risk of flooding and severe damage.
On the flipside, clogged gutters can cause water to back up onto your roof and/or overflow onto the siding. While your home’s exterior is designed to withstand natural wear and tear from the elements, extended exposure to excess moisture will wreak havoc on the materials.
Standing water on your roof causes deterioration and leaks; water consistently streaming down your siding will eventually fade, stain, and/or chip the surface. Not only does this damage create an eyesore that decreases curb appeal, but also invites more serious problems such as rot, mold, pests, and structural degradation.
Gutters are necessary for keeping your home safe in many ways, from protecting the landscaping and foundation to maintaining the overall appearance and property value. If you need gutter repair, replacement, or installation service, trust the exteriors experts at WeatherTek. We utilize our own employees and equipment in order to streamline projects while maintaining our high standards of reliability, customer service, and craftsmanship throughout our entire process.
Contact us today to learn more.