You may not think about your gutters very often. When they’re working correctly, they’re both out of sight and out of mind. However, if your home doesn’t have gutters, then all sorts of problems can result. Check out these six reasons you should have gutters installed on your home.
Gutters Can Protect Your Home from Interior Water Damage
Gutters collect rainwater and then direct it away from your home. Without gutters, water may pool at the base of your home’s exterior walls and make its way into your home’s foundations. That water could also flood your basement. Water damage can be very expensive and time-consuming to repair.
Gutters Can Prevent Soil Erosion
Water from rain can wash soil away from your home, ruining your landscaping. Gutters can funnel that water away from your home so that it doesn’t erode the soil next to your home. This can also help ensure that essential nutrients and minerals in your soil stay where they can most benefit the plants in your yard.
Gutters Can Protect Your Home’s Exterior
If your home doesn’t have gutters, that means that water dripping off of your roof will instead drip down the sides of your house. Water can accumulate in parts of the exterior walls, on external window sills, and in your home’s foundation. Over time, this water accumulation can damage your home’s exterior. You may need to replace your siding sooner than you would have to otherwise because of the consistent direct exposure to moisture. Gutters can help to direct the water flow away from your home, protecting your siding, foundations, and windows.
Gutters Can Prevent Mold Growth
Wherever there’s moisture, mold and mildew can grow. If water isn’t directed away from your home, moisture can build up, allowing mold and mildew to grow around and on your home. Mold can grow in your basement as well as in areas that aren’t easy to access, making cleaning up the mold difficult. Mold can also be a health hazard. Gutters can prevent the buildup of moisture in and around your home by directing the water away from your home.
Gutters Can Discourage Insects and Pests
Many insects require standing water in which to breed. Without gutters, water can pool near your home and moisture can build up, creating an ideal breeding ground for many insects. These insects may include mosquitoes, gnats, and flies.
More insects around your home’s exterior means that more insects could get into your home. This can make it difficult for you to enjoy your home, either inside or outside. If you have gutters, then rainwater can instead be directed away from your home. This can prevent the buildup of puddles that could allow more insects to breed.
Gutters Can Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Because gutters are so useful, not having them can decrease your home’s appeal to potential buyers if you’re looking to sell. On top of that, gutters can actually improve the overall appearance of your home. They can keep your exterior walls looking nicer for longer. They can also help to expand the life expectancy of your roof. Plus, they come in different materials and colors so you can choose the gutters that look the best for your home.
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