They are not the best feature of a home’s exterior – gutters aren’t glamorous that’s for sure! In general, homeowners tend to forget about them until something goes wrong. Whether you’re currently in the market for new gutters or you just need to brush up on some pertinent facts, here’s a brief review of what gutters do for you and your home.
Gutters collect rainwater, guide runoff through the gutter trough toward the downspout, and redirect it away from the house. To prevent water damage to the roof and foundation, gutters have a slight slope that encourages the water flow toward the gutter outlet or downspout.
Downpipes are an important part of the gutter system. These extended pipes allow water to drain away from the house, preventing water damage to siding, windows, doors, the foundation of your home, or the basement.
Protects the Structure of Your Home
The main purpose of the gutter system is to channel rainwater away from the walls and the roof. Efficiently draining water away from the house is key to averting the problems most commonly associated with water damage, including mold growth and rot. When rot sets in, it eats away at the wood that frames your home, compromising its structural integrity. Wood rot also can damage soffit and fascia, allowing more moisture to enter the interior of the house.
Adds Style and Character
Popular gutter materials are aluminum, galvanized steel, copper, and vinyl. What the gutters are made can add or subtract to the overall appearance of your home’s architectural style. A gutter system made of vinyl has a different visual impact than the one created by copper gutters.
The gutter profile or shape of the gutter also contributes to the style and character of a house. The most common gutter profiles are K-style, half-round, and box. K-style aluminum gutters resemble crown molding and are suitable for most styles of homes, from traditional to modern. Half-round copper gutters are a typical choice for traditional, high-end, and heritage homes. Box gutters, reflecting the name, have a simple profile that works well on commercial and residential buildings alike.
While it might seem like a funny thing to say, gutters can be actually used to increase curb appeal. After all, they are attached to the roof of your home and are a noticeable part of the home exterior. Well-thought-out gutter system choices to boost curb include:
- seamless aluminum gutters instead of sectional gutters – seamless gutters only have seams in the corners, making them more appealing to look at
- colour – paying attention to the colour can help make the gutter system an attractive focal point
- custom profile – not standard manufacture so it is unique to your home