When you think about sprucing up your home this time of year, you may think of adding landscaping, painting, or maybe even replacing your windows. Chances are, you may not consider your gutters. If this sounds like you, don’t worry because you’re not alone. Gutters are one of those items that people see, but still may not pay attention to. In fact, most homeowners don’t think much about their gutters—until something is about to go wrong. That’s what we want to prevent by reminding you about the importance of having a well-functioning gutter system installed on your home.
Gutter Installation in Marietta, GA – A Word from the Experts
When you DO think of your gutters, you probably know about their basic purpose: they funnel water off of your roof, away from your home. Funneling water away provides protection for and preserves the life of your siding, windows, and foundation. Although you—as well as most homeowners—may know about this basic function of gutters, ask an expert and they’ll tell you even more. Here are a few of the problems that gutters can prevent:
- Basement/crawlspace flooding and damage — Improperly working gutters can cause water to collect near your home’s foundation, and sometimes seep into your basement or crawlspace. This could lead to possibly cracking or damaging your foundation, which is a very costly repair.
- Topsoil erosion — Your home’s foundation is protected by topsoil, which can erode if your gutters do not properly divert water runoff. If this happens, your foundation can become very susceptible to damage.
- Mold — Most people know about the potential health dangers of mold. If your gutters are not working properly and overflow, the misdirection of water can result in a perfect breeding ground for mold in your basement or crawlspace. In addition to health concerns, the cost to remove mold can be astronomical.
If your gutters have not been inspected in a while or are in obvious need of repair, contact a professional to have them inspected and—if necessary—replaced. You should do all that you can to prevent additional problems in and around your home; installing well-functioning gutters will do just that.
Cleaning your gutters is just as important as making sure that they are installed properly. Gutters that are clogged with leaves or twigs can cause misdirected water runoff, which can cause some of the problems discussed earlier. You should have your gutters professionally cleaned twice per year, in late fall after the leaves have fallen from the trees, and then again in the spring.
Our team of gutter cleaning and installation experts can help you with any and all of your gutter needs. Give us a call today for a free quote or to learn more about how we can help you and your gutters.