Roofing companies and contractors create a gutter system with every new home they construct because of its function to guide the rain and stormwater off the roof and away from the foundation, which is critical to its structural integrity only if the gutters are kept clean and debris-free. Those new to homeownership and house maintenance may wonder whether gutters are a necessary part of their home’s exterior or merely a decorative feature. While expertly constructed gutters certainly create a neat, clean edge around your home’s roofline, their primary function is definitely more than aesthetics. Let us learn more about what are gutters and why do we need them

Rainwater could create routes through your yard and your neighbor’s, causing ditches, collecting in low-lying areas, and even damaging grasses, flowers, and other vegetation if your gutters and downspouts aren’t working properly. Gutters that manage stormwater securely do more than just keep your home safe. They also help to keep your yard and surroundings in good shape.

Water pounding against the foundation erodes the soil and can seep down the foundation, causing basement leaks and structural instability. A little water never hurt anyone, right? Regardless of how gently rain falls on your roof, when it flows off, the water accumulates up and generates a tremendous rush that, if not redirected, can pound the ground near to your foundation, and water and foundations don’t mix.


What are Gutters

What are gutters?

A gutter is a tube that runs alongside the roof and is attached to the fascia of your property. Its purpose is to collect rainwater that falls on the land. Pipes are often made of metal or plastic and are slightly angled to guide water flow towards a downspout.

On the other hand, a downspout sits vertically, transporting rainwater to ground level, whereas the gutter sits horizontally. Water is usually disposed of in a municipal drain or far enough away from the property to avoid compromising the ground. However, collecting rainwater for use in your landscaping might help you minimize your overall water consumption.

Why Do We Need Them?

The consequences of not installing gutters may have already given you an idea of what a gutter’s best purpose is. But first, let’s take a look at each one individually.

  • Saving the beauty of your roofing shingles:

What role do gutters play in the longevity of your roof? Rainwater can flow freely through gutters that are clear of debris. This is crucial because it prevents rainwater from accumulating beneath the roof structure. If it does, your roofing material, most likely your shingles, will be damaged, resulting in roof leaks. Gutters also help to maintain the condition of your roofing materials.

We’ve known homeowners who have kept their homes in excellent condition for years. When you ask these proactive people what they do, they will tell you that they prioritize maintenance, especially their gutters.

  • Keeping your basement dry:

As you can see, one of the most essential functions of a gutter is to avoid flooding in the basement. Basement water problems can lead to the ruin of your equipment as well as the growth of mold. Thousands of dollars will be spent on these items.

Nothing worse happens the first few times water soaks the earth near your foundation. However, due to the pressure it produces, it soon finds its way into your basement. Consider the concept of water pressure. A timely gutter installation is required to prevent flooding in your basement.

When inspecting roofing problems, roofing and home maintenance contractors also look at the surrounding areas. They begin from the ground up, only to discover that one or two key structures are lacking. Look for fractures in the walls if you’re concerned that water is likely to inflict damage on your basement.

  • They enhance the appearance of your home’s exterior.

Installing new gutters does not need much consideration on the part of the homeowner. However, they are unaware that he has the option of selecting gutters that complement the siding, roof color, and the rest of the house. You have the option of matching or camouflaging the gutters you choose. But, in the end, the finest use of a gutter is for aesthetic purposes.

It’s excellent to know that there are so many gutter materials to pick from these days. Vinyl gutters are more economical and come in a variety of colors. Copper gutters are pricey, but they have an elegant and gleaming appearance. Investing in gutter maintenance is another way to ensure that gutters add value to your home. To keep leaves out of your gutters, install gutter guards. Make sure to clean your gutters on a regular basis if you haven’t already.

  • Landscaping or soil erosion prevention

Rainwater soaks the earth without gutters. So, where does rainfall come to an end? It should be redirected away from your garden beds and driveway, where it can freeze and cause an accident. Basically, homeowners should have a drainage plan in place so that water from the gutters is directed as far away from the house as feasible.

If water isn’t channeled properly, it will end up all over the place. This is one of the reasons why you should hire a professional to install your gutters. Rainwater flows safely away from the roof, into the downspouts, and to the downspout extension through gutters. When you observe soil or gravel running onto your lawn or garden beds, it’s a sure sign that erosion has occurred.

  • Your siding will be protected.

Rainwater gets close to your house when gutters are missing. It soaks up and stains everything it comes across, including your lovely siding. Yes, there are more lasting siding materials, but the truth is that nothing lasts forever. A homeowner called to complain about siding damage. First and foremost, he wanted to discover why it was destroyed so soon after it was put. We noticed that he had no gutters at all upon closer inspection!

Based on what transpired, we can conclude that it makes no difference whether you put fiber cement siding or vinyl siding. Without gutters, even the greatest siding will deteriorate over time.

half round gutters, U-shaped, K-style, and fully enclosed gutters and downspouts are among the many types available.  Pipelines are available in a variety of materials as well. Most maintenance is required for wood, while vinyl is simple to install but has a shorter lifespan than metal. Vinyl is also prone to cracking in cold temperatures. Aluminum and coated steel are both solid and low-cost options. Aluminum is the most common material for gutters and downspouts since it does not rust like steel. Copper and zinc are more expensive upfront, but they can survive for up to 100 years before needing to be replaced.

EcoShield Roofing specializes in roof replacements and repair for metal and shingle roofs. We are a roofing business with all the correct credentials and the required local and state licenses to get your job done right. 

We also offer roof repair and gutter installation to ensure that your roof continues to work properly for years to come. To get started on your new roof, schedule a free estimate now!

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Author: William Sessions

William Sessions started a roofing business in 2018 with a mission to create high-quality roofs for Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. He did jobs for Safeco, Liberty Mutual, All-State, and Nationwide for two years. In that experience, he learned how to properly inspect for Hail, Wind and other damages to shingles that would impact insurance claims. After that, he started his own family business and proudly served roofing service in North Carolina. He leverages his roofing knowledge and provides useful insights through blogs on