Gutters have received more attention recently because of massive rain events around the country and the world. They play an important role in collecting and re-distributing roof run-off water.
Here are some important notes about gutters:
  • Keep gutters clean. Clogged gutters cannot function properly.
  • Cleaning gutters can be dangerous work. About 90,000 people go to emergency rooms each year from ladder falls mostly while cleaning gutters.
  •  Gutters prevent staining to the facade of a home.
  • Gutters prevent erosion.
  • Gutters prevent excessive moisture from reaching basements and foundations.
  • Gutters prevent rot and mold.
  • Extended down-spouts divert water further away from the house.
  • Gutter screens can prevent leaf and debris build-up.
  • Drooping gutters are less effective and should be reinforced.
  • Gutters should be placed and angled correctly to be fully effective.
  • Gutters can be helpful in collecting and storing run-off water in tanks for future use, especially in drought-prone areas.
  • 12. Gutters require a pitch to effectively drain water fast.
  • 13. While gutters are effective at deflecting water, a deeper roof overhang can be very effective too, although not best for high-wind environments.

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