Here in Florida, we have no shortage of rain, especially during the summer months. Our heavy, torrential downpours are widely known and recognized, and if you've ever been caught outside during one, you know why! However, these heavy rains can take a toll on your home if you don't take the measures to protect it.
Many homes in Florida actually don't have rain gutters, but that's not always a wise decision. Rain gutters, when installed and maintained properly, can alleviate a lot of problems homeowners face over time, and can extend the life of many parts of your home.
When heavy rain is allowed to pour off of your roof with no redirection, it can cause issues such as...
- erosion of soil and landscaping around your home
- soil instability (due to the erosion) and settling
- water damage to siding
- water staining to brick or stone masonry
- water damage to your foundation and flooding in basement areas
- cracking of your walkways and/or driveway
- exterior doors, garage doors, and windows can deteriorate more quickly
Rain gutters take the heavy rainwater coming from your roof and direct it away from your home. This is achieved by using downspouts and pipes that are fastened to the edges of your roof and along the corners of your home. In order for gutters to be effective though, they have to be maintained, and that's why many homeowners choose not to install them.
Truthfully, maintenance is not that difficult when you consider the benefits of having the gutters on your home. An average home needs to have its gutters clean 2-3 times per year. If you live in an area with heavy tree coverage (read; lots of leaves) you may need to clean them more often, especially during the Fall months. On the flip-side, if you don't have trees at all, that's not an excuse to not clean your gutters. Asphalt shingles and other debris from your roof can build up over time and cause blockages in your gutters. Blockages can lead to water damming up in your gutters, leading to roof damage and possible flooding into your home so again, maintenance is key.
If you are interested in having rain gutters installed (or any other home upgrades!) give us a call. Williams Construction will handle projects of any size, and we guarantee quality, personalized service.