Gutters are often overlooked when it comes to home improvements. They are often left off of new homes in order to save a bit of money. Homeowners may think they are not necessary if they haven’t already been added. In fact, gutters are an important tool when it comes to protecting your home from potential water damage.
Gutter installation can be tricky to complete on your own. Newer, seamless gutter systems require special machinery for installation. Gutters, depending on the size of your home, can cost in the neighborhood of $1500. In Texas, there are currently no building codes that require gutters. Professionals installing gutters can complete the task fairly quickly with gutters that attractively follow the roofline of your home. Adding perforated gutter guards can make your gutters more effective and easier to maintain.
No matter what type of roof you have, gutters work to keep your home free of water damage. Water is directed away from the house to protect its foundation. Water running off the roof can pool around your foundation. This can lead to leaks in basements and crawl spaces and contribute to settlement of your slab foundation. Typically, the ground around your home slopes away from the house to prevent pooling. As the ground settles, owners do not realize they need to refill around the foundation. At this point, water damage becomes more likely.
Gutters can prevent damage to landscaping and erosion near the foundation of your home. They can also help maintain the appearance of your home’s facade. As water splashes off the roof, it can cause dirt to splash against the siding. Not only is this unsightly, but it can potentially lead to further damage to your home. As water splashes against your home, it can increase the moisture levels and cause wood rot. Gutters can also help prevent mold growth by directing water away from your home. Water has a magical way of finding and invading even the smallest cracks. When this happens, cracks can become larger, mold can begin to grow, or freezing water can lead to crumbling bricks or siding. Further, painted surfaces on your home will need more frequent repainting if your home does not have effective gutters. Water quickly wears away painted exteriors and exposes your home to further damage.
When you are ready to fully protect your home from the harmful effects of water, Patriot Roofing can help. Adding gutters with a new roof can extend the life of your home and add to its curb appeal. Patriot Roofing has the expertise to professionally add gutters to your roofline. New gutters will offer an added level of protection to the foundation of your home. They can also eliminate potential hazards on the walkways around your home. As gutters direct water away from your home, slippery surfaces will be eliminated. Let Patriot Roofing help you protect your home from the sneaky effects of water. Contact us today to see how we can help you.