Why Install Gutters on a Home?Oct 29, 2021
Have you purchased a new home without gutters recently? Maybe you immediately recognized this issue and know that installing gutters on your home is essential, or maybe you’re looking for more information on why gutter installation is needed. Whatever the reason you find yourself here—we’re sharing the top five reasons gutters should be at the top of your home improvement list!
The Importance of Gutters on Your Home
A slew of issues can arise from water not being moved away from your home in an efficient manner. Some of those problems include:
- Mosquito Infestation
It’s crucial to be proactive by adding gutters to your home.
The benefits of installing gutters to your home far outweigh the drawbacks (gutter maintenance). The number one purpose gutters serve is to move water away from your home. Well-maintained gutters are the most effective way of keeping excess water from ruining your home by eroding the foundation. They allow for water to be directed away from your home, reducing the direct impact felt by your home’s structure.
Another important factor in ensuring water is sent away from your home is to reduce the unfortunate possibility of your basement flooding from stormwater building up and leaking into your home. Flooding can happen as a result of water slowly wearing away at the exterior of a home over the years, compromising its structure and durability.
Eliminate Standing Water
Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos. All a female mosquito needs is an inch of water to lay batches of 100-200 eggs. Once she has laid her eggs, they hatch into larvae within 24-48 hours. Pupae then develop into adult flying mosquitos after 2-3 days. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long for mosquitos to become a real problem around your home.
Unfortunately, here in New Jersey, there is a whole list of vector-borne diseases to look out for, including:
- Borrelia Miyamotoi
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- Lyme Disease
- West Nile Virus
Installing gutters to prevent standing water around your home will allow you and your family to be able to enjoy your outdoor space without concern for pesky mosquitos and potential diseases.
Another concern with any amount of standing water around your home is mold. Mold can compromise the safety and stability of your home. It can be costly to remediate and is a serious health concern.
To prevent mold damage to your home and health, you may want to consider adding gutters to prevent water damage and mold growth in and around your home!
Splashback occurs when water runs straight off the roof into the dirt or landscaping around your home. When the rainwater hits the mud, the result is an unpleasant splash back onto your walls, leaving your home looking unkept.
The benefit of adding gutters is that the landscaping you’ve worked hard to maintain is protected. You won’t have to worry about excessive stormwater rushing off your roof and ruining your plants, causing splashback, and ultimately destroying the siding on your home.
Protect Your Home and Property with Gutters
Gutters are highly recommended and are the first step to reducing water damage around your home. To ensure your gutters are working effectively, we also suggest considering the benefits of purchasing gutter guards to reduce the maintenance required of your gutters.
Here at Surf & Turf Roofing, we recognize the importance of the quality of the installation of gutters on your home. We want to help you prevent unnecessary issues and reduce the maintenance required of you as a homeowner. Contact us today for a free digital analysis and same-day estimate on your gutter installation!
Check out this recent gutter job we did on East Bay Ave in Barnegat, NJ!