Gutters are GREAT!
For those of us who live in areas where rain and snow are extremely common (like Nebraska), having a good systems of gutters is a must.
We know they’re not the most exciting – or prettiest – home necessity on the planet, but they do serve a VERY important function, that being to direct (or channel) the flow of rain water or snow melt away from your home’s structure.
Gutters are long, narrow “tubes” that are used to reroute rain that falls on your roof by funneling it to downspouts, which run down – and away – from your home. Without the aid of gutters, there’s nowhere for water to run except for directly off your roof creating a “waterfall” effect of sorts; now, if your home possesses extremely wide overhangs this may not be too much of an issue but, for the average home, having water pouring off your roof in constant sheets can only lead to trouble.
Having a good systems of gutters is a must
Channeling water away from the structure allows for the ground immediately surrounding the house to (hopefully) NOT become waterlogged, which can lead to the potential for water leaking into your basement. It can also cause damage to other areas of your home by allowing water to work its way into cracks and crevices. This is a problem because of the fact that modern homes are designed to conserve energy. Conserving energy is good but, in the process, some homes can also trap moisture which, in turn, causes HUGE problems and costly damage. Plus, large amounts of water pouring directly off your roof can wash away soil and plants, causing soil erosion and destroying landscaping.
A complete gutter system consists of three main parts: the gutters, which are designed to capture all the roof drainage and direct the water into the downspouts; the downspouts, which are the pipes that carry the water from the gutters (down the sides of the house) to the drain system; and, a drain system, which is an in-ground set of pipes that leads water away from the structure and into a storm drain or another on site system.
“Without the aid of gutters, there’s nowhere for water to run.”
Gutters designed for homes are most commonly made from vinyl, steel, or aluminum. Vinyl is light and strong, but it can become brittle in very cold weather making it more prone to damage from ice or hail and tend to last around 10 years or so. Steel is very durable and, when coated correctly, can last for up to 50 years – steel gutters are popular choices for commercial settings. For private residences, aluminum is a great choice. It’s lightweight, doesn’t rust, and has a life expectancy of between 15 and 25 years.
If you’re interested in learning more about how a properly installed gutter system can help protect your home, give us a call! J-Tech Construction, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, specializes in installing gutters for both residential and commercial settings.
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