What is the Purpose of Having Gutters?

If you have only recently bought your own home, or moved into your own place, there may be quite a few questions you have regarding different parts of the property. Take the guttering for your home. Are you one of the surprisingly many people who do not appreciate and understand the full role the gutters play in a property? Rather than just being there for show, despite the clean, crisp edge they provide to the roofline, they have a vital purpose.

The guttering on your property is there to direct any rainwater that lands on the roof away from the foundations of the building. This is vital for the structural integrity of your home. However, your gutters will only perform the job they were designed for if they are clean and clear.

How Much Damage Does a Little Water Do?

You might think that the answer to that questions is not much. However, even the smallest amount of water can eventually build, if it isn’t guided away from your home. When your gutters overflow, the water goes over the edge and directly down to puddle around your house and the foundations. Foundations and water are not good bedfellows. Water can cause the soil around and underneath the foundations to erode, causing leaks in the basement and subsidence.

More than Just Protection for the Building Itself

Clearly, you can see the vital role that gutters play in protecting your home from leaks and structural damage. However, gutters do so much more than just protect your house from rainwater. They help to ensure your garden and yard are preserved. If rainwater is not redirected by gutters successfully, it can flood your garden, ruining flowerbeds and lawns.

Importance of Cleaning Gutters

So, although you may have thought that your gutters did not have an especially important role, you now know differently. This, therefore, highlights the importance of having your gutters cleaned regularly. Clogged gutters are about as good as having no gutters at all. What’s even worse is that if your gutters get clogged during wintertime, they could crack or become so heavy with ice and debris that they pull away from the side of your home, causing structural damage in the process.

So, if your property has a traditional guttering system, you may be wondering how often you should have it cleaned to ensure it works properly. That may be different from house to house and depending how much rainfall there is in your area. The number of trees and other plants in your neighbourhood also can contribute to how often you should clean them. As a rule of thumb, most guttering systems will have a long life and remain effective and functional if they are cleaned once or twice a week at the very least.

Rather than try to carry out the work yourself, you should consider hiring a professional gutter cleaning company. As well as being safer, a professional team will be more effective and quicker too.

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