How Rain Gutter Systems Protect Your Home

Rain gutters are an essential part of any home's roofing system. They are designed to collect and divert rainwater away from the roof and foundation of the house, protecting it from water damage. Fundamentally, gutters collect rainwater from the roof and channel it to the ground through a downspout. As water accumulates, it travels through the gutter system to the downspout.

The downspouts carry water from the gutters to the base of the house. Without gutters, water would erode the soil around the foundations, splash the coating and likely leak into the basement or mezzanine. Most of the gutters that are installed today are seamless aluminum K-type gutters (also called rolled) that do not rust or leak and are formed in a single continuous piece in place. For gutters longer than 40 feet, it's best to tilt the gutter downward from the center to a downspout at each end.

If your gutters are sunken, leaking or visibly damaged and the downspouts are broken or missing, it's time to think about replacing them. Gutter joints and joints are where leaks are most likely to start (especially in older gutter systems). Roofing professionals evaluate the condition of your gutter system during roof replacement, as this is one of the most convenient times to upgrade your gutter system. Rain gutters prevent costly roof repairs, as well as water from damaging other parts of the house and even moving the foundations.

Next, we'll show you how to install semicircular reproduction gutters that are exact replicas of the size and style of gutters found in older homes. While arguably the roof is one of the most important aspects of the structure of your entire home, one of the most important and little known aspects of the roof itself is the rain gutter. It is essential for homeowners to understand how rain gutter systems work and how they can protect their home from water damage.