Gutters are a particularly important part of a complete roofing system and though it is not technically a part of the roof itself, it plays a big part in the longevity of your roof. Properly installed gutters also ensure that the foundation around your home is kept safe from water damage, as water pooling on your foundation can cause leaking below your property or cause your soil to shift and move which can damage the foundation of your home. Correctly installed gutters ensure that your dream home lasts longer, without too much work having to go into constant repairs.
Design and material
When it comes to the design of your gutters, there are a few important things to consider. The length and width, which will depend on the rainfall in your area - the greater the rainfall, the wider the gutter needs to. The material you choose is also an important decision. The most popular material is seamless aluminium, as it does not rust or leak and often comes in one continuous piece, allowing for less chance of leaking at the seams or joints. Copper is another option that is typically used for higher-end homes, as it comes with a much higher cost and appeals to a niche look. Whatever your desired look, call Roof Chesapeake today to find out about how we can help you!
Why is a gutter important for your roofing system?
A gutter system is not something that is usually thought of when building a new home or repairing and maintaining a roof but it is one of the most important parts of your property, as it can affect various areas. It is important that your gutter system directs any water away from your property and is frequently checked to ensure no blockages or leaking have become prevalent. Gutters are especially important in ensuring water does not sit alongside your foundation, which can cause moisture in windows or walls, mould in shingles, or damage to roof shingles. A correctly installed gutter system can help lower your property maintenance costs for years to come.
How gutters work
Gutters are a horizontal, commonly aluminium product, that is installed along the edge of your roof. It is open on the top to catch rainfall and debris that comes down the slope of your roof, directing it down the spouts, which are the vertical, closed sections of the system that directs rainwater, melting snow, or debris away from the foundation of your home. Gutters have been used for hundreds of years. One of our favorite children’s stories, The Humpback of Notre Dame, sees singing gargoyles (decorative spouts connected to a vast gutter system) as an important part of the story – ironic, considering the important part that gutters and spouts play in your home.
At Roof Chesapeake, we aim to make gutters something you seldom think about, however, some personal maintenance may be required on your part to ensure longevity. It is recommended to clean your gutter every 3 – 6 months. Ensure any debris has been removed so that no blockages are present and acting as a hindrance to the drainage process. Keep a lookout for leaking at the seams or joints of your gutter system or any damage done by storms or animals. If damage has occurred to your gutters, do not worry – the team at Roof Chesapeake are a call away and always ready to repair or replace your gutters before any structural damage can occur.