The gutters on your home have a very important purpose. The main purpose of gutters is to control the flow of rain water that lands on your roof. Properly installed gutters collect water and direct it toward the downspout and away from your home. Without gutters, rain water could collect on your roof and cause damage to the roof and the siding or it could run down the sides of your home and erode the foundation and destroy your landscaping.
Most gutters must be maintained in order to function properly. Standard gutters need to be cleaned several times a year to ensure that fallen leaves do not collect and cause water to pool in the gutter. In addition to leaves, twigs and other debris may accumulate in a gutter system. Many homeowners hire a professional to clean their gutters to avoid the dangers of climbing on a ladder outside their home.
There are various methods to prevent clogged gutters. One of the most popular is to install a shield or screen over the gutter to stop everything but water from entering the gutter system and possibly getting clogged in the downspout. While covered gutters do not need as much maintenance, they should still be inspected periodically to ensure that they are not restricting the flow of water away from your house.
Gutters Colorado Springs homes typically use are made of aluminum, vinyl or galvanized steel. Vinyl is the least expensive material used for gutters and is attractive to homeowners because the material is colorfast. Because vinyl is a lightweight material, it can be easily damaged by storms or fallen objects. Steel is the sturdiest but requires the most maintenance because it will rust if the gutters get clogged. Aluminum gutters won’t rust but they will dent if they hold too much weight.
Gutters are attached to your home with either nails or screws and can be damaged in a strong storm. After any storm that includes very heavy rain or high winds, you should inspect your gutters for damage. A loose or cracked gutter can cause water damage to your home or your landscaping. For dependable service and Gutters Colorado Springs homeowners can trust, contact Peakview Windows and Siding.