You may see some houses without gutters, and wonder how important rain gutters are and if you should invest in gutters for your home. While gutters aren't always essential depending on the way your home is constructed, in many cases, gutters can prevent damage to your home, siding, or roof. Here are some things to look for that indicate your home could benefit from having rain gutters.
The Roof Has a Small Overhang
The overhang is the part of your roof that hangs over the edge of your house. Rain rolls off your roof and drips straight down the end of the overhang. When the overhang is small, rain lands near the foundation of your house. This can cause problems with foundation damage, siding damage, and a wet basement. On the other hand, a roof with a large overhang will drop water farther away from your home so the risk of water damage isn't as great.
The Force of Draining Rain Ruins Your Flowers
If you watch rain roll off your roof during a storm, you'll notice water rolls toward a valley and builds up so by the time it rolls off your roof, it's a gushing waterfall in one area and just drips off in other areas. The force of the water can damage foundation plants and leave gouges in the soil near your house. If you want to grow pretty flowers and plants along your foundation, you may need a gutter system that drains into a spout or a rain barrel so your flowers aren't damaged by the force of heavy rain and so the soil isn't washed away.
Your Siding Has Stains or Water Damage
Water that runs off the roof can be dirty and carry debris from rotting leaves. This can leave stains on your siding. Plus, when your siding gets wet, it might mold or grow algae and develop even more stains. The stains could even be a sign the wall under the siding is damp and suffering from water damage. One job of rain gutters is to protect the siding on your home. If your siding is suffering from water damage, gutters might solve the problem.
Your Basement Gets Wet or Stays Damp
A common cause of wet basement issues is rain falling too close to your foundation when it rolls off the roof. When rain is too close, the water may roll in a basement window that's not sealed well. The water can also seep into the soil and then pass through the basement walls. If you're dealing with wet basement problems, talk to a gutter contractor to see if rain gutters could be the solution.