Most people do not realize the importance of having rain gutters on their home. Quite often, they think the main purpose is to prevent a sheet of water from cascading onto anyone as they enter or leave the building. However, the truth is that rain gutters are important for the strength and stability of your house. The keep water from accumulating at the foundation, causing it to deteriorate and crumble.
However, if they are not properly maintained, water can collect just under the eaves of the roof, damaging the wood under the roofing materials, causing leaks and damaging the interior of the house too. If you are getting ready to have new rain gutters installed, here are a few things you may want to consider.
Instead of having a bunch of pieces put together to make the gutters, consider having a seamless set installed. They are made right on your property to fit your house. Without having a seam every 10 to 20 feet, there is less chance of leaks. In addition, there will not be anything to catch dirt and debris that falls into them, causing a dam of sorts, so the water sits against the roof or seeps under the roofing material, damaging things.
Another thing to consider is to have gutter covers installed with the gutters themselves. These pieces of mesh are attached to and stretched across the top of the gutters to prevent leaves, twigs and other debris from getting into the troughs and possibly causing a dam. Because they are on top, you can see if three is an accumulation of stuff that needs to be swept away without having to climb up and look inside to make sure the water is flowing well.
No matter how clean your gutters are, if the downspout is clogged, the water is not going to go where you want it to go. One way to ensure this does not happen is to have a wider downspout installed. This will allow larger pieces of debris to flow out and also prevent smaller pieces from becoming lodged and forming a clog. In addition to wider, you should ask to have a longer downspout so that you can direct the water further away from your foundation.
Do not minimize the importance of rain gutters. Keep them well maintained and cleaned out. If you notice an accumulation of leaves in your yard, you can be sure there is one in the gutters too. You should also have a professional come to clean them once a year to look for any problems that need to be repaired before you end up needing to buy a whole new set due to lack of maintenance.
For more information, contact a company like Alaka'i Raingutters & Supplies.