Friday, April 24, 2015

The Importance of Gutters

As a Lake of the Ozarks homeowner, you probably don't think much about your gutters. However, understanding the importance of gutters may prevent costly home repair bills in the future. Gutters in proper working condition will funnel water off of the roof and away from your home. This protects your Lake of the Ozarks roof, siding, windows, doors and foundation from water damage. Many homeowners don't realize the damage that can occur when their gutters are clogged, leaking or broken. If your gutters are not functioning properly, rainwater runs off the roof of the house and collects on the ground near the foundation. Heavy rains that causes pools of water near your home can cause a multitude of problems.

Gutter Protection


Gutters functioning properly will protect your home from:
  • Home and Basement Flooding
  • Cracked / Damaged Foundation
  • Infestations - Mosquitoes and other insects can breed in standing water. 
  • Mold - Overflowing gutters create an environment for mold to flourish in crawlspaces and basements. 
  • Erosion - Topsoil protects the foundation of your home. If water is not correctly diverted away from your home, the topsoil will erode and leave your foundation vulnerable. 
  • Staining / Water Damage - Water can stain the exterior of your home fascia, soffit, siding, brick & stone masonry, wood framing and outside walls, as well as decks, patios, driveways and walkways. 
  • Settling / Cracking of Sidewalks, Patios and Driveways
  • Paint Damage 
  • Rotting / Rusting of Exterior Building Products
  • Damage to Landscaping - Fungi can damage or kill your flowers and trees. 

You don't have to live in an area that experiences extreme weather to be vulnerable to these gutter issues. Experts estimate that one inch of rain on an average size house's roof creates about 500 gallons of rainwater runoff. A simple semi-annual maintenance routine will keep your gutters working properly and most likely avoid these problems. 

Gutter Maintenance


Be sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year, during early spring and late fall. One common myth about gutters is that houses with no trees don't need to be cleaned. Gutters may still require cleaning because over time asphalt shingle granules make their way into the gutters. Make sure your downspouts are clear and not blocked by leaves or other debris. Make sure that the water from gutters, downspouts and around the house flows at least 10 feet away from the house. While you are cleaning your gutters, be sure to check for rusted spots, dents and holes, broken gutter hangers and disconnected joints. You'll want to repair or replace these problem areas as soon as possible. 

At Above & Beyond Roofing, our services don't just stop with the roof. We can install siding, soffit, fascia and gutters at the Lake of the Ozarks! We guarantee high quality work along with professional and personal service. Contact us today at 573-302-0354 for your free quote!

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