Are rain gutters really necessary?

Rain gutters are important. Besides protecting the overall structure of your home, rain gutters also prevent soil erosion and protects your landscape. Rain gutters mitigate the damage caused by sheets of water shedding from the roof.

What happens if you don’t have gutters?

Without rain gutters, the rain will flow off your roof therefore washing away soil and causing soil erosion. And if you have garden beds up against the walls your home, the excess water will puddle and drown your plants and flowers. Then the water drains into the ground in close proximity to the foundation and this is undesirable.

A rain gutter’s main purpose is to channel water running off the roof and guide it away from the home. When you have no gutter then rain flows directly off your roof onto the ground below. This out of control water fall causes massive erosion washing away more soil each time it rains. Erosion then damages your landscape. Allowing water to flow toward your home instead of away from it is even worse because of erosion.

Soil erosion around the foundation of your home is a serious problem. Too much water falling too close to your home can erode the soil around it and wreak havoc by compromising the home’s foundation causing it to settle. A settling foundation becomes weak and can result in a cracked slab. It can also lead to uneven floors and cracked walls and cracks in the chimney.

Do I need rain gutters on a second story roof?

Yes, absolutely! Definitely add the gutters; the lower roof will quickly fail without them. Water gets under the lower roof shingles and roofing felt. And then that rots out the roof sheathing and damages the roof causing leaks inside the home!

I’ve seen other gutter installers allow second story downspouts to empty onto the lower roof. This is very bad!

Are Rain Gutters Really Necessary? Yes but Improper Downspout Placement Causes Problems with Asphalt Shingles

The concentrated waterfall onto the shingles will wear away the granules on the shingles and shorten the useful life of the shingles on the lower roof. And besides, it’s inefficient because it will only overload the lower roof gutter that much faster. Best practice it to extend the second story downspouts all the way to the ground.

What is the best type of guttering?

Aluminum gutters are the best because they are cost efficient, meaning that for what they cost, they do their job well. And they are not over the top expensive either. Galvanized steel gutters and copper gutters are two great options, but they come with a higher price tag.

Aluminum gutters are lightweight and rust-proof. Aluminum can withstand a wide range of climates from hot to cold. We can make your aluminum gutters seamless. A seamless gutter is one long continuous gutter meaning there are no seams joining sections together. Some gutters come pre-made in sections so you have to join long runs together with seams. Gutter seams are weak points where they can sag or break. Water leaks generally happen first at seams. So a seamless gutter eliminates the problems with gutter seams.

What color should my gutters be?

The three most popular options for color: same as your wall, same as your trim, or same as your roof. So, which one is right? That depends on the colors you are matching and your preferences. Matching gutter color to the wall color is usually the safest choice. When gutters match the walls, they have the greatest chance of going unnoticed. But again, that depends on the color of your walls and how tall they are. For example, if you have tall walls painted a bright shocking color then maybe in this case it’s better to match the trim or the roof.

San Marcos Rain Gutter Service

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Owner: Greg Martin
Location: San Marcos, CA. 92069
Phone: 760-445-8762

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