If you are a fan of simplicity and clean lines, then you might not like the way rain gutters look on a house. However, the alternative is something that you would like much less once you see the long-term effects of not having rain gutters on the house. If you don't know much about them, this guide will help. Once you read it, you will probably find you have much more respect for rain gutter systems.
Rain gutters are installed a specific away
Rain gutters are installed so they are positioned directly under the eaves of the roof while extending out from them. This way, they catch the rainwater running and/or dripping off of the roof. This stops it from continuing down the sides of the house, which would lead to numerous problems down the line, which you will learn more about later. The downspout is enclosed and is installed at the corner of the home with the steepest angle to it. The downspout will carry the water from the gutters down the length of the home, and deposit it where it drains away from your house. There is usually a pad of concrete where the water comes out so that the soil isn't eroded in that spot.
Rain gutters come in many styles and materials
One type of rain gutter is those that come in sections and get installed piece by piece. They have connections that need to be watched in the future, because they can start to come apart, creating troublesome gaps that allow the water to go down the house. There are also seamless rain gutters. These are designed specifically for the home they are to be put on, so they fit without those worrisome seams. Rain gutters can also come in a number of materials, including aluminum, steel, copper, vinyl, and more. Each material has its own benefits. For example, vinyl is lightweight and weather-resistant, while copper will get a nice patina many people appreciate.
Rain gutters prevent so many problems
Starting from the top, rain gutters prevent rotting and other damage to the eaves of the house. They also prevent the rainwater from staining the home. The soil around the home and any foliage in that area would be damaged from the large loads of rainwater that would fall from the roof as well. The foundation of the home would also be at risk without rain gutters to prevent the soil from eroding along the foundation in a way that would cause shifting, cracks, and other problems.
If you're ready for a rain gutter installation, talk to a contractor near you.