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.
The 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.
Erosion and Flooding
Your foundation sits next to topsoil, which protects your foundation from the elements. If water isn’t diverted away from your home correctly, the topsoil can erode. This leaves your foundation vulnerable, as well as, depletes the nutrients from your lawn.
Aside from damage, if water isn’t directed away from your home, it’s so much easier for a flood to occur. Floods are not only inconvenient, but they also ruin your belongings, are expensive and time-consuming to clean up and repair and the damage that they do is lasting on your home.
Infestations and Mold
Standing water on the ground around your house will not only damage your foundation, but it can also serve as a breeding ground for infestations of insects that can make their way into your home. Infestations are not fun to deal with and can even be quite expensive. Mold is the same way – with a damp foundation, cool temperatures and little to no light, mold cultures can easily spread through your foundation and even into your siding and ceilings, if not taken care of properly.
These are just a few of the (albeit, extreme) examples of what not having gutters can really do to your home. The cost of getting gutters is small compared to the many home repairs you will have without them.
The first thing a potential buyer sees is the outside of your home. Falling down, cracked, and mangled gutters are not a pretty sight and can majorly detract from your curb appeal. Additionally, misdirected gutters can create puddles and canals which ruin your landscaping, upset root systems, and drown your plants.
Depending on your insurance provider, updated gutter systems could potentially decrease the cost of your property insurance. To keep up your home’s value it is important to ensure you have the right size and type of gutter for your home and to make sure that your gutter system is properly maintained. It is also important to understand that gutters that are not properly maintained may void coverage on your home. Be sure and visit with your insurance agent to discuss the requirements of your homeowner’s insurance policy.
Don’t worry about damage to your home anymore – here at Platinum Roofing, we will answer all your questions and meet all your needs! For more information about gutters or to receive a free in-home estimate, call us today!