Broken rain gutter on a home

We’re seeing a trend in recent times where new construction builds are not coming equipped with rain gutters.  These features are considered an upgrade or homeowners are adding them on later in exterior remodels.  Does it really matter?  They seem like pretty simple materials and constructions.  How much could they possibly do for a home, and if new builds are not automatically including them in the construction of the home, what is the point of adding them on?

Here are six things that you may not know about rain gutters and why they are vital to your home.

  1. Rain gutters preserve and protect the siding on your home.  Homes without rain gutters often have to replace siding, doors, and anything that the water is draining on.  It can cause rot and damage because water soaks into that material.  Rain gutters are essential because they guide the water to where you want it to properly drain.  They direct the water to a downspout (or pipe) that faces downward and then directs the flow of water away from your home.  You can choose where the best area for the water to drain is on your property and apply extensions to the downspout, if necessary.
  2. Aside from protecting the siding on your home, rain gutters can also prevent basement floods.  Remember that if the water is not properly draining away from your house, it is going to pool and end up somewhere else.  Gravity will pull it down and here in Utah, we all have basements.  Those basements will fill up with water if proper rain gutters are not in place.  This can also cause water to get down into your foundation if you have any cracks.
  3. Soil erosion can happen if a property is missing rain gutters.  Again, remember that the water has to go somewhere.  When you place your rain gutters, it’s important that the water flow is going away from the house.  You don’t want the water draining in your basement or on cement (where it can potentially freeze during winter) or even in a garden bed.  Soil erosion happens if the water flow is not draining in the proper direction.  You’ll start to see that soil flows into your grass and your lawn.
  4. Properly installed rain gutters protect your roof from leaks and damage.  Gutters give a place for water to drain.  Without them, water can pool and soak into a roof, causing damage over time, where eventually the shingles will need to be replaced and leaks will likely form.  Installing rain gutters is the first step here.  Additionally, it’s vital that homeowners keep their gutters free of clutter and debris.  Cleaning out gutters regularly is important.  If you have tall trees on your property, you will want to clean out leaves, pine needles, and anything else that collects over time.
  5. Mold and stains are common problems that we see here with Utah siding.  Especially in homes that do not have rain gutters, the water continuously soaks the siding or whatever exterior material is on the home.  Over time, stone becomes stained from the minerals in the water and mold builds up, as the water never fully dries up.  This can lead to other problems, including respiratory and health issues for anyone living inside the home.  Rain gutters help direct the water drainage to a safe place that protects and preserves the life of the home.
  6. Rain gutters can help beautify your home.  In today’s market, there are many varieties of exterior materials for a person’s home.  People add soffit, fascia, siding, stone, etc.  Rain gutters can help enhance the beauty of a person’s home, coordinating with the other materials, while also serving a dual purpose, and when properly installed, these rain gutters blend into the home itself that they appear completely natural.

If your home is missing this key element, consider calling today for a quote.  This is a very affordable project that is going to save you much headache and money in the future.  Start your exterior remodel today with rain gutters.