Congratulations! You bought a new home (whether it’s brand new or new to you).
There a about a million different things to worry about but there is one aspect that is one of the most important parts of the exterior of your home. That is the new gutters or old gutters. It’s often the most forgotten about or neglected of the home. Surprisingly there are some without gutters. You might be thinking why do I need to worry about a small aspect.
There are just a few reasons that could make you think twice about neglecting your gutters.
1. Gutters keep moisture away from your foundation.
Without gutters, water that runs off of your roof lands at the base of your eaves, usually near your foundation. This can cause a number of problems. It can form unattractive trenches and ruts in your landscaping; it can cause water to seep behind your siding, causing the wood behind the siding to rot. Rot can cause water to enter your basement, causing mold and mildew to be circulated throughout your living spaces. These are all unnecessary bills that could be avoided with something as simple as installing or making sure your gutters are in working order.
2. Gutters keep water away from your attic
Gutters don’t just keep water out of your basement. They can help at the top of your house, also. Without gutters, some of the water than travels over your eaves is likely to seep behind the boards that protect your attic, allowing moisture to accumulate at the top of your house.
3. Gutters help to prevent insect infestations
Moisture around a home’s foundation creates an ideal breeding place for insects, such as termites and ants. Gutters and downspouts channel that water away from the foundation, making your home less attractive to bugs. There are also larger rodents such as mice, rats, squirrels, etc. No one wants to deal with that when you move into a new home.
4. Gutters keep water from pouring down on you and your guests
Lastly, without gutters, rain water and melting snow comes down off of the roof right where it falls. That can mean rivers of water cascading down on your head as you’re entering or exiting your home. Gutters divert this water to downspouts at the corners of your house, so you’ll stay dry when you’re opening your front door.
Investing in gutters is a decision that needs to be carefully considered. You don’t want to save a few hundred dollars today, only to spend thousands to repair water damage later. You’ll save money if you do it right the first time. If not it will cost you a lot more.
For more information about our products or for a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected.
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