Many homeowners want to save as much money as they can when buying, renovating, or updating their home. This often leads to cutting corners, and gutters usually end up on the back burner. Gutters are as important to your home as your front door! They protect your home from many things that you wouldn’t necessarily think.While gutters may not seem as glamorous as new granite countertops, fancy kitchen appliances, or a bathroom remodel, they can have a serious effect on your home value. Just think about that crazy coastal weather you’ve gotten so used to. Thunderstorms, straight winds, and days of continuous rain are not all that uncommon here. The primary function of a gutter system is to protect your home, foundation, and landscaping from the torrential downpours you often see. If your gutters are improperly installed or maintained, these massive amounts of water can have a very negative impact on your home.
Water DamageThe biggest thing that gutters protect you from is water damage. Water can be damaging to your roof, foundation, and exterior of your home even if it seeps through the tiniest crack. Though it may start as a small amount of water, over time, it can cause a lot of damage. Water can also get under your roof, causing roof and ceiling damage. It can be damaging to the exterior of your siding and can get under it and cause it to rot from the inside out.
- Excessive rain can ruin the outside of your home if your gutters are poorly kept-up and leaking. Misdirected run-off can ruin exterior paint jobs, it can seep into cracks in your siding, and more alarmingly it can cause foundation erosion. Many of these exterior problems can be very costly repairs, so it’s best to make sure you’ve kept up your gutters.
- Interior Protection: Another expensive effect of malfunctioning gutters is interior water damage. Water can seep into your basement, which leads to flooding problems, mold growth, and insect infestations. Both mold and insect infestations can cause you to fail a home inspection and can lead to health issues as well.