Understanding why gutters are important can save you thousands of dollars because gutters can prevent costly damage to your home. While gutters may not be the most glamorous topic in the world to think about or to manage they are still an important part of home ownership.
The primary purpose of a gutter is to move water away from the base of your house. They’re especially important here in Florida with our heavy rainfalls. For example, according to Weather.com, Clearwater alone got 52.74” of rainfall last year.
All of this rain can be extremely harmful in a variety of different ways. Here are just a few of the problems that can arise when you don’t have any gutters, or if your gutters are improperly installed or maintained.
It can cause leaks in your basement. It can also penetrate the slab or foundation to create extremely costly repairs. The average foundation repair starts at $10,000.
The rain can also erode the soil around your home. This can be very destructive to your landscaping.
Without gutters rainfall can also make a real mess of the surface of your home. When it rains very hard the dirt splashes back onto the home itself, contributing to a dirty, unkempt look.
The problems don’t just stay inside, either. Without gutters the water can hit your windows, finding its way inside through tiny cracks and crevices. Window leaks can be miserable during a storm.
The water can also work its way into the walls where mold and mildew might grow. The water damage may even be visible inside of your home, creating unsightly brown water stains on your walls.
If you have siding the water can get in the gaps in your siding. Mold can grow there too.
If you have any painted surface then water damage to the paint can result in it peeling much faster, requiring you to repaint the surface far sooner than you’d otherwise have to.
All of these damages will require still more costly repairs.
In other words, the cost of not having gutters can far exceed the price of just getting and maintaining gutters in the first place.
If you happen to have moved into a home in Largo (or anywhere in central Florida) without gutters or your home’s gutters need to be replaced then call us for a free estimate. We’re an experienced gutter company that’s ready to protect your home!