Gutters and downspouts can play a huge role in keeping your new home beautiful and structurally sound.
Without gutters, a number of problems can develop and cause damage.
Your home’s foundation, roof, fascia, and landscaping are all susceptible to damage if you don’t install gutters.
It’s easy to underestimate how much water flows over a roof during a rain event. 1 inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot roof is approximately 600 gallons of water. All that water has to go somewhere, and you want to be able to control where it goes. Unchecked, it can cause any damage that can get worse any time it rains.
Water running off your roof without gutters is likely to pool around the foundation and erode dirt and landscaping. As moisture saturates the soil around your home, temperature fluctuations will cause expansion and contraction. Over time the foundation can become compromised and develop cracks in the foundation and block walls.
Any landscaping near your roof will be susceptible to damage during a rain event. Additionally, the extra water in the soil could promote the development of fungus and disease around your plants. It can also attract ants and other harmful insects.
The fascia of your home plays a huge role in protecting the roof and your home. It prevents the structure from water entering the home. Fascia is typically made of wood and is prone to rotting. This can happen with prolonged moisture exposure from rain, snow, and ice.
As water flows off of a roof, it will cause splashback along the wall of the home. That splashback will contain particles of grass, dirt, and minerals that will buildup on your home. It won’t take much for that staining to adhere and be difficult to remove.
Protecting your home from staining with a gutter system is much easier in the long run.
Good to Go Gutters
If your home doesn’t have a gutter system, consider calling Good to Go Gutters to talk about how gutters could protect your home and landscaping for years to come.