If you recently purchased a home without rain gutters, then you need to understand how rain gutters protect the various parts of your house. Rain gutters are a functional necessity for most homes, and you should seriously consider having them installed on your home.
Here is some information on the ways that rain gutters protect your home and garden:
Water Intrusion Damage
The worst damage from lack of rain gutters comes from water intrusion. After a large storm, water runs off of the roof and forms puddles around your home's foundation. If the water doesn't have anywhere to drain, then it will seep under the concrete foundation of your home. This causes small channels of water to form and each time it rains the channels will grow. Channeling water causes cracks in your home's foundation. These cracks cause structural problems as well as allowing water to enter into your home's living spaces. This water can then cause problems with mold and mildew growth.
Water Splash Damage
When water runs off of your roof and onto the ground, it will splash. The repeatedly splashed water will eventually damage your home's wood doors and the lower sections of wood siding. These areas will become discolored and you will see wood rot starting to form. Once this has happened, then the only way to stop the destruction is to move water away from the area via rain gutters and then repair the damaged areas.
Mold, Mildew, and Fungal Damage
Mold, mildew and fungi all flourish in dark, moist areas. This makes a wet basement or crawlspace primary targets for their growth. If water is allowed to drain all around your foundation and enters under your home, then you will eventually have problems with mold and mildew. Additionally, standing water around the foundation will cause fungi to grow in the soil which can kill your vegetation.
Water breeding insects can damage your home, and they often attack your family as they enjoy outdoor spaces. For example, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Mosquitoes bite people and can infect both people and animals with diseases such as West Nile Virus.
Wood eating termites also like moist areas and will be attracted to standing water or wet wood. Termites who are attracted initially by the water will soon set-up a new colony in your home and begin to damage it.
To eliminate insect problems, your home needs to have rain gutters, and they should have leaf guards installed on them. This will prevent the gutters from becoming blocked with leaves and allowing standing water to sit in the gutters.
As you can clearly see, rain gutters play a vital role in protecting many areas of your home from serious water damage. If you have decided to install rain gutters on your new home, then you should contact a local contractor like Quality Seamless Gutter Company in your area for a consultation.