5 Reasons Installing Rain Gutters Is Beneficial
5 Reasons Installing Rain Gutters Is Beneficial
One of the most common descriptions of a home defense, both now, and in antiquity is the moat. This catch-all defensive structure kept the bad things from getting to your door and menacing the household.
Sadly, in modern architecture, the moat creates a damp circle of rot which will eat away at your home. Say goodbye to all the equity and value you spent years building. Your detailed landscaping and decor will face some decline as well.
Castles benefited from being made of stone with wood in places, you might think. Brick wasn’t much better for repelling the many problems a large, stagnant body of water near living spaces created. We tend to romanticize the whole medieval period and leave out the common diseases.
To avoid water damage and its associated terrors, consider installing rain gutters. They keep the waters away from your home. They are the anti-moat moat.
Benefits of Installing Rain Gutters
Though some differences exist between materials and installation types, the important thing is to have a gutter at all. Any kind of gutter can do a great job in preventing water damage and its associated ills to the home.
Especially if they are kept clean and in good shape.
The following items explain the advantages of having gutters on house longevity. We’ll work top to bottom explaining what you get out of these cheap and easy to maintain tools.
The reasons for installing rain gutters include avoiding a lot of problems. Some of these issues take magnitudes of time to develop. While a problem that can take a decade may seem like a non-issue, finding your house needing tens of thousands of dollars of repairs might.
Finally, remember that there are many different types of materials and styles of rain gutters available on the market today. These add curb appeal and color accents to the house. It is always nice to keep in mind that even a functional item can have some visible bonus even when first installed.
1. Protection Above
The exterior of a home protects the interior. So too, the areas of the roof protect the everything below.
Rain gutters collect more than just rain. The water that hits a house and washes down will carry many different particles within it. This slurry of chemicals can contain residue from the roofing material or tiles. It can also contain bits of material left behind by birds or scurrying animals.
Trees, especially in autumn, will add to this trail of potential issues.
Gutters or no gutters, all of this material gets washed off the roof and lands on the ground below.
With a rain gutter, this material gets directed to wash out in specific areas. Cleaning up the material then becomes a targeted effort instead of a constant wide effort.
Materials washing off the roof in any direction don’t come off in the same volumes, either. While some things will fall, other pieces will become caught in the eaves and shingles. Over time damp in these areas can encourage the growth of vegetation and begin splitting apart the roofing.
Rain gutters promote more full drainage off the roof and direct the water down. This leaves less material higher up where it will dry and evaporate faster.
Especially after a winter rain, draining and drying keeps the remnant water from freezing. Ice creates cracks and splits throughout the siding and roofing.
Irregular drainage can also create pooling on roof structures. This extra weight and the damage to underlying materials encourages further pooling. Get enough pooling and sections of the roof can rupture or leak.
2. Protection Below
A house with a basement or window wells needs rain gutters. Water needs to be directed away from these areas as much as possible.
Without rain gutters, a window well can accumulate water even if an awning partially shields it. Over time the water will destroy the material of the foundation and find their way in.
More than a few homes have suffered a wall sloughing off after the materials inside were found to be soaking for years.
Water accumulation near the home is one of the leading issues in foundation damage. Damage that many outside of the hurricane targeted South find themselves under-insured or prepared to handle.
Basement flooding doubles the importance of gutters. A basement can be a combination of foundation and living space. As a living space, it takes somewhat less damage to notice there is a problem.
The downside there is water damage also costs more to repair. Damage isn’t just structural but also can ruin furnishings and electrical systems.
The water that comes in through a window well isn’t clean water either. If you have pets, this dirty and dusty water can cause illness. Even without pets suffering direct harm, as it evaporates it water will spread mold spores and odors.
3. Protection All Around
Gardens and patios don’t need excess water from the house washing over them. The materials of the roofing which get carried with rainwater interfere with soil pH.
Roofing materials sometimes contain anti-fungal and anti-mold coatings designed to limit rooftop vegetation. Having these coatings wash into a garden or flower bed isn’t going to help at all.
Wooden and stone patios need help from the drainage system that rain gutters created to prevent uneven weathering. Again, the same pooling effects that can cause damage to the roof can eat away at the finish of a wooden deck. Sulfites and salts carried down corrode the mortar holding together stone walkways.
Stone walkways, depending on the soil, already have a tough time staying level and not sinking. To counter this, walkways add sufficient drainage. This prevents clay-rich soils from washing away and creating sinkholes.
The draining underneath is in vain if the water coming from above isn’t directed before it hits the soil.
The top surfaces of smaller lawn and garden structures such as shed or gazebos are places you might not think to check for damage. Take a look on top of these areas, and you will see the kind of residue that a lack of rain gutters spread into the areas around the house proper.
4. Wick Away Moisture
If you are still asking, “I don’t have much of a yard or landscaping, does a house like that need gutters?” The answer is doubly so. Smaller row-houses with little space between, need to direct the runoff more to keep the waters of one house from harming other houses down the line.
Despite efforts to the contrary, surveyors and contractors can only do so much to make a residential area flat and consistent. That is if they even bother. Some areas use sloping and rising aesthetics to frame houses in different ways.
The houses at the bottom of the grade take anything that doesn’t get absorbed in the ground from the more elevated houses. The house at the end of the line can end up with a lot of mud splash and soil accumulation over time.
Directing the water gives the ground more time to absorb the water and less time to run off.
The water table does better when water is directed downward as well. Otherwise, the water will evaporate and blow away. An area will hardly suffer a drought from that kind of evaporation, but the effect is measurable.
Keeping the local water table healthy is just one more thing a gutter system does.
5. Pest Control
Keeping water moving and away from structures where it can do harm and create rot are reasons gutters are necessary. Pooled water, especially in warm temperatures, encourage insect breeding cycles.
Insects pose a double threat to homes without rain gutters. The first is that they can get their eggs to thatch higher up in the pooled water near the roof. This means gnats, flies, and other airborne pests have a better way of getting in vents and AC systems where they will leave smells and clog up filters.
The second group of insects hatches under the ground and in walls cracked by water. These can eat through the insulation and drywall to lower the overall climate control effectiveness of the house. Insect colonies that get large can cause more than a passing nuisance.
Directed rainfall and runoff, by contrast, does a number on insect breeding. Heavy rainstorms can break up groups and damage eggs. By directing runoff through a rain gutter system, you simulate this more drastic and cataclysmic event for the insects.
Pushing water underground gives insects fewer areas in which to lay eggs. This keeps the population from erupting in multiple areas at once. Moving water is too energetic for insects to comfortably lay eggs in as the membranes attach to materials or the water surface.
Keep It Clean
Water has a way of doing a lot of work over time. There is a reason that older cultures saw it as a fundamental and driving force. Don’t stop at just installing rain gutters, get them serviced and cleaned regularly.
We might be a bit biased, but that just makes us good at what we do. Contact us for more information or to schedule a cleaning.