Homeowners know that keeping their gutters clean is essential, as they are responsible for redirecting stormwater from the foundation of their house. However, cleaning gutters is a tedious, but necessary chore that requires a lot of time and effort.
Gutter guards reduce the need to clean your gutters as frequently, because they were designed to block debris from entering the gutters.
Your gutter system exists to redirect stormwater away from your house to prevent excessive damage to the foundation, roof, and landscaping of your home.
It is important to have a properly functioning system, but a lot of homeowners do not understand the importance of downspouts. Downspouts are vertical attachments to the gutters themselves, and they transport water from the gutters, down and away from your homes’ foundation.
Below is some information that describes what your gutters and downspouts do to protect your home, and why it is vital to have a well-working gutter system.
What is a Gutter?
Before we get to the importance your downspouts serve, we have to first discuss how your gutters work.
Your gutters are channels placed below your roofline, where your roof slopes down. There are different kinds of gutters; some are made of vinyl, copper, aluminum, or stainless steel.
But they all function as a way to collect rainwater and pull it away from your home. Gutter systems should have a downward pitch which encourages stormwater to flow downward through the gutters and into the downspouts.
Having clean gutters is an essential part of home maintenance. However, many homeowners neglect this admittedly tedious chore, which can lead to gutter damage. Even if you consistently clean your gutters, your gutters may need to be repaired at some point, due to everyday wear and tear or a severe storm. It is important to know that a house needs a functioning gutter system. Gutters channel water away from your home, and if they don’t work properly, you could risk water damage to your house. Fixing water damage can be very costly, more costly than hiring a professional to clean or fix your gutters. Below are four reasons why you should have your gutters repaired by a professional.
As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to preserve the overall structure of your Colorado house is to maintain and upkeep your gutters. Your gutter system protects your house from the elements such as rain and snow. If you have considered seamless gutters, the time to get them may be now, while we are still in fall and before the winter cold strikes. Perhaps you are unsure about seamless gutters, because you are uncertain what they are and the benefits they can bring. Below is a detailed description of seamless gutters, and a list of their many benefits especially in Denver Colorado.
You may have noticed after a winter storm, icicles hanging from the eaves of your roof. You may have thought how pretty and idyllic they look, but they also are big trouble for any homeowner. Beautiful icicles are not the only thing to form after a big storm or freeze, they can also lead to ice dams in the roof gutters. Gutter ice dams are thick pieces of solid ice that can loosen the shingles on your roof, tear off your gutters, and cause water to back up and stream into your house. This water can cause stained or sagging ceilings, and warped paint and floors. Also, it can lead to moisture of the insulation in the attic, which can cause mildew and mold. Below are some tips to help prevent or get rid of gutter ice dams.