An effective rain gutter system is essential for keeping your home protected from the elements by diverting rainwater away from the structure. However, if your gutter system is showing signs of aging, or you aren’t yet using a more effective and maintenance-free seamless gutter system, it might be time to invest in an upgrade.
#1. Prevent Flooding
If your rain gutters are not able to handle the weather conditions in your region, the earth near the foundations of your home can quickly become waterlogged to the extent it might even cause serious damage and weakening to the structure. Interior flooding of basements is also a major risk of having an ineffectual gutter system installed.
#2. Protect Fascia Boards
Fascia boards are, for the most part, aesthetic elements that finish off your home, but they also help to create a barrier that helps to protect the roof from the elements. If your home has wooden fascia boards, they will be prone to rotting if your gutter system is not working efficiently enough. Clogged gutters will cause excess water to come into contact with the fascia boards, eventually causing rot.
#3. Reduce Maintenance
A basic gutter system might do an adequate job of diverting water away from your home, but it won’t do anything to prevent a build-up of leaves and other detritus or ice dams in the winter. However, newer gutter designs, such as seamless gutter systems with built-in leaf guards, require virtually no maintenance. Even after severe storms, these high-end systems don’t require you to get up on the ladder.
#4. Fewer Leaks
Another benefit of having seamless gutters installed is that they are much less prone to leaking. Traditional gutter systems are connected through a series of seams, with each section typically being no longer than ten feet. These seams and joints are weaker parts of the structure that are prone to developing leaks. By upgrading to a seamless gutter system, leaks will practically become a thing of the past.
#5. Add Value to Your Home
Everyone wants a more valuable home, even if they don’t plan to sell in the foreseeable future. Anything that makes your home cheaper and easier to maintain, such as seamless gutters with leaf guards, will also increase its value. Seamless gutters also add value due to the fact they provide a cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing exterior without any unsightly joints or seams.