Because both North Carolina and South Carolina get rain frequently, most of the homes in these two states have gutter systems. As a matter of fact, if you’re a Carolina homeowner, you’ve probably spent a great deal of time not paying close attention to the gutters on your residence. Gutters are one of those things that people generally don’t think about much until they stop working properly.
It is, however, good to have a solid understanding of why your gutters matter and how your gutter system operates. Not only will this make it easier for you to converse with gutter contractors whenever the occasion arises, but you will be more aware of potential problems. Gutter issues that are left unattended can actually result in serious structural damage, so it’s not something to ignore.
Why exactly are gutters important?
As we previously established, rain gutters protect the structural integrity of your house. They prevent water from standing on your roof, seeping into your interior walls, and running through small gaps between your window frames and exterior walls. All of these issues can lead to water damage, like wood rot and black mold infestations.
What you might not realize, though, is that gutters also protect your landscaping. Many homeowners in North Carolina and South Carolina take great pride in the appearance of their lawns. If you don’t have gutters, or if your gutters are functioning improperly, rainwater is left to fall into flower beds in torrents.
In addition to ruining your plants and flowers, this can result in soil erosion. Over time, soil erosion can cause foundation damage, uneven floors, and cracks in your home’s walls. As you can plainly see, gutters are a vital part of any functional house!
Think you need new gutters?
If it has been a while since your home had new gutters installed (and if you’ve been skipping your yearly inspections for quite some time!), there’s no time like the present to have a professional Carolina gutter contractor take a look at your system. Some gutter problems, such as bent troughs, can easily be seen from the ground below. Other issues, though, such as small holes and weakened areas, are not as easy to spot; only a professional can find them in most cases.
Once your current gutter system has been assessed, you and your contractor can decide if new gutters are the answer. Remember, seamless gutters typically last longer and look more high-end than gutters with seams, but they are usually more expensive as well.
What gutter materials are there?
There are several materials that are commonly used to manufacture gutter systems. Aluminum gutters are steel gutters are both common choices that are affordable on most budgets. If you have a large budget for your gutter project, you may want to consider copper gutters. These can last well over a century in some cases but are extremely pricey.
If you have gutter questions, the Hatch Homes team is here for you. Call us or email us today to learn more.