As many of us know gutters are important, but why exactly is that? What is the the benefit of having expensive gutters? First thing is first, if you want to get your money’s worth out of your gutters, they need to be properly installed. Properly installed and maintained gutters will protect your home when mother nature decides to wreak havoc with a rain or snow storm. Roofs are designed for water run off, but with nothing to guide the water carefully to the ground, the water would run down all sides of your home and would have the potential to leak into your home through windows and doors. That is where the gutters come in. Having water running down home siding can start to erode the paint, as well as the siding materials. Gutters are required on most residential real estate for this reason among others.

Why Do I Need Gutters?

Gutters also help to avoid problems with the foundation that your home is on. Gutters are strategically placed to stabilize soil around the house. If a gutter system is installed correctly, seamless gutters will exist on every sloped edge of your roof. Securely installed gutters will prevent water damage and staining on the exterior of your home, and ultimately save many aspects of the exterior of your home in the long run. Water run off over time can stain your house, as well as cause cracking in your sidewalks and driveway. The downspout of gutters prevent these issues by transporting the water safely from the roof to the ground. To prevent these issues and ensure that your system will function properly, you need to maintain the condition of your gutters by keeping them clean of debris such as leaves.

Maintaining Your Gutters

Having quality gutters installed, and installed correctly, is only half of the battle. The other half is maintaining your gutters. Maintaining your gutters will ensure that water can easily flow through the system. Having your gutters cleaned regularly will prevent water buildup that can cause devastation to your home. Neglecting to clean your gutters can also cause leaks in your gutter system that will lead to water cascading down your home. Stopped up gutters can also become a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes, because of the stagnant water. Mosquitos and their diseases should be a great motivator to keep your gutters unblocked, if protecting your home isn’t motivating enough. On average, it is recommended to have your gutters cleaned bi-annually. However, if you live in an area with an excess amount of trees, or where fire risk is high- it is advised to have them cleaned more often.

For the proper installation of new gutters, or a maintenance cleaning on your existing gutters, call your Top Rated Local® roofing and gutter experts at Sno-King Contractors! Our expert technicians will install and/or maintain your gutters with ease! Call us today to schedule, or to inquire about a free quote!