Pros and Cons of Roof Gutters for Your Home

When most people think of renovating or repairing their homes, they rarely consider their rain gutters. Having a Spring TX residential roofing company repair or replace your gutters is one of the best investments you can make because rain gutters protect your home in several ways. The most obvious benefit your gutters provide is channeling water to the downspouts. Then, the downspouts direct the water away from your home. Otherwise, rainwater could find its way inside by seeping through the roof, around the windows or beneath the doorframes.

Your house will also stay cleaner when the water is funneled away from the building and does not splash back onto the walls. Your soffits, fascia boards, exterior trim and paint will be less susceptible to the effects of rainwater. Gutters also prevent the water from cascading from your roof like a waterfall. The immediate benefit is that you stay drier when leaving or entering your home during a storm. The water is less likely to pool around your foundation and landscaping as well.

Gutters lessen the amount of water that permeates the soil surrounding your home. If the soil is less saturated, it will not expand and contract as dramatically. Plus, your topsoil will resist erosion if you have a good gutter system. This helps keep your foundation strong. Serious damage can occur if water penetrates your home’s walls or the foundation. This costly problem happens for three reasons.

  • If your gutters are damaged
  • If the downspouts are not working properly
  • If the downspouts were not positioned correctly

Foundation damage gives mold a place to grow. Mold can cause serious health issues for you and your family. It is hard to detect until you have a medical problem. Mold is also difficult to remove.

Even your garden benefits from new gutters. Heavy runoff is prevented from pouring over your plants and damaging them. You can collect the rainwater in a barrel and use it to water your garden. By doing so, you will reduce your monthly water bill and your carbon footprint.

Unless you have a system that prevents leaves, branches and debris from getting into your gutters, you will probably have to have your gutters cleaned at least once annually. If they are not kept clean, ice dams can form in winter, which might cause your rain gutters to sag or pull away from your home. Paramount Roofing can inspect them for you and fix them if they are damaged. In some cases, any damaged portions can be replaced inexpensively. Other times, having a Spring TX roofing contractor replace the entire system is the best idea.

If you decide to replace your gutters, you can choose from a few different materials. Your Spring TX roofing company can explain the benefits of each in detail. Vinyl gutters are inexpensive, but they can become brittle and crack in the winter. Their life expectancy is around 10 years. Steel gutter systems can last up to 50 years depending on the type of coating they have. However, steel can rust. Aluminum will not rust, but it is more likely to get dented or bent. It has an average lifespan of 20 to 25 years. Copper gutters are beautiful. They actually get better looking as they develop a patina, but they are more costly. They also can catch the eyes of thieves who can quickly strip them from your home when you are on vacation or at work.

If you are considering having a new gutter system installed, give Paramount Roofing a call at 713-748-4000. We are fully insured, and we have been providing top-quality residential and commercial roofing services since 1995. We have numerous testimonials from satisfied customers on our website.