Keeping your home’s gutters in good condition is important for a number of reasons. If your gutters start to fall or leak, it will do more than just cause water to drip down in areas where you don’t want it to. Having a damaged gutter or gutters in disrepair is basically the same as having no gutters at all. Here are some reasons why it’s very important that you keep up with your gutter repair.
It Protects your Foundation
When water leaks out from your gutters, it lands right at the edge of your house. It can then leak into your foundation, the sidewalk next to your home, and your basement. If it’s cold, this water may then freeze and expand, which can cause cracks and other issues. Even if it’s not freezing, getting rain into your basement can lead to mold and other issues. If it leaks in around a basement window and that window isn’t sealed correctly, it can cause the wood in the frame to begin to rot. Keeping your gutters in good repair will prevent this by routing all of the rainwater over to the downspout.
It Protects You from Injury
If you’re walking under a gutter that’s come unsecured, there’s always the chance that it could completely pull away from the side of your house and fall on you. Even if you’re not standing under it when it falls, it could land on something and damage it. There’s even a small chance it could fall just right and go through a window if your house has an area where a room juts out.
You getting hurt or your property being damaged is bad enough, but what if the falling gutter were to hit someone else or damage your neighbor’s property? That could open you up to a lawsuit for negligent property maintenance. You may end up paying a lot of money, and there’s a chance that your homeowner’s insurance policy won’t cover any of it because the property wasn’t maintained, as it should have been.
It Saves you Money
Keeping your gutters repaired and in good condition is going to save you money in the long run. It’s easier and cheaper to make a few minor repairs to your gutters than it is to completely replace them. If a segment of your gutter falls, it could also damage the side of your roof. That means you’ll have to replace at least the board the gutter was attached to. It’s also possible it could damage the shingles near it.
It Brings Value to your Home
Even if you aren’t concerned with a piece of your gutter falling or the damage it might do to your house, having your gutters in good condition will increase the value of your home. It’s going to be a necessity if you ever want to sell the property—astute buyers will inspect the gutters and make it a requirement that they be repaired before purchasing the house. Even if you’re not selling, you want your home to look good, and damaged or falling gutters will definitely stand out as an eyesore.