The first purpose of a gutter system is to protect the structure and foundation of your home.
When it comes to choosing the right gutters for your home, it is important that you do not compromise functionality for appearance. You want the exterior of your home to look polished, but you first need to make sure that it is protected from harmful rainwater. If you choose style over function, you may end up with a host of problems that not even the prettiest gutter system will be able to mask.
The Design of the Gutter
First check the design of the gutter. A proper gutter will be even on both sides. If the front side has been made higher than the back, water will spill over the backside first if the gutters become full. This will cause the water to flow straight down the front of your house. If the water gets underneath your siding or shingles, the walls that they are protecting will suffer from water damage. Even if the water does not enter the home, the water will leave unsightly stains on your siding. The water may also pool directly in front of the home, possibly causing damage to the foundation. If you have a basement, the water may even be able to enter. To avoid this, you will want a gutter that is at least even, if not slightly higher in the back. Learn more about how the right gutters can protect your home.
The Use of Down Pipes and Rain Chains
The down piping of the water is something else that should be considered. Some homeowners try to minimize the appearance of the down pipes by choosing those that are not wide. If your down pipes are too narrow to handle the flow of water, it will back up in the gutters and cause them to overflow. When the water overflows over the front side of the gutter system, there is still the possibility of property damage. If you find this to be a frequent problem with your home, you have two choices: you can add more down pipes to the gutter system or you can make them wider. If you are concerned about the appearance of the down pipes on the front of your home, you can opt for a series of rain chains on the front, and leave the standard down pipes in the back of the house.
Rain chains are a Japanese inspired method of evenly distributing water as it falls off the roof of a house. Situated under the holes in the gutter, the water flows down the chain into a series of cups which encourage it to overflow one into another. This is an aesthetically pleasing way to protect your home from the effects of rain water while adding a unique touch of beauty to the outside of your home.
Installing a Gutter Guard
One last point to consider is the installation of a gutter guard. A gutter guard sits on the top of the gutter system and prevents any leaves, seeds, or twigs from getting inside. Gutter guards are helpful in preventing a build up of natural materials inside of the gutters that will prevent the water from flowing freely into the down pipe.
St. Louis Gutters
If your gutters are sagging off of your house or you are seeing signs that they are separating, it is time to consider having them replaced. Discuss your options with Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 and have the problem fixed now before it becomes a bigger problem.