1. Foundation Problems – The expansion and contraction of the soil that surrounds your home is the number one reason for slab failure. After a period of rainy weather, the soil around the perimeter of your home expands as it becomes saturated with moisture. A dry, hot summer following the rain can cause the soil around your foundation to contract and pull away. As this cycle repeats, support to the foundation can be compromised leading to cracked foundation and masonry as well as sticking doors and windows. A properly designed and installed gutter system keeps the soil surrounding your home at a consistent moisture level by directing roof runoff safely away from the house.
2. Staining of Masonry and Siding – Rainwater cascading off an unguttered roof will hit the ground with enough force to cause splashback. Within this splashback are dirt, grass and minerals that end up on the exterior of your home. Over a short period of time, a stain appears that can be difficult to remove or hide.
3. Damage to Landscaping – Plants, flowers, mulch and soil located under the drip line of an unguttered roof can suffer from the water runoff of a thunderstorm. Additionally, this runoff can result in an overwatering condition that could permit harmful fungus to develop as well as attract ants, roaches and termites.
There are three critical elements to an effective gutter system.
- 1) A properly designed gutter system.
- 2) A professionally installed system.
- 3) The quality of materials.
The gutter installation process begins with a careful evaluation of terrain and roof drainage patterns. There are hundreds of different styled homes utilizing many different architectural designs in roof lines and pitch, construction and roofing materials. The gutter system Homescapes of New England designs for you will take all these elements into account. This design of the gutter system will include the proper size of gutter and the proper placement and number of downspouts. Too many downspouts unnecessarily inflate the cost of a gutter system. Too few can compromise the effectiveness of the system.