Many homeowners wish to save most of what they can when buying, renovating, or updating their home. This process, most of the time, results in cutting corners, and gutters usually end up on the back burner. Gutter are considered just as important of an addition to your home as your front door. Similar to your front door, gutters shelter your home from many things that you wouldn’t necessarily think of.
The most sizable problem that gutters defend you from is water damage. Water can disfigure your roof, foundation, and exterior of your home even when it seeps through the smallest of cracks. It can start out as a small amount of water, but overtime the build up can a large amount of harm. Water has the ability to get under your roof, and as a result, roof as well as ceiling damage occurs. Additional damage may occur to the exterior of your siding and can get under it, causing it to rot.
Erosion and Flooding
Sitting next to your foundation is topsoil, which is what protects your foundation from the elements. When water is failed to be redirected away from your home faultlessly, the topsoil is likely erode away. Not only does this process deplete nutrients away from your lawn, it also leaves your foundation vulnerable. If water is not directed away from your home, aside from causing damage, it makes it easier for a flood to take place. Not only are floods inconvenient, they ruin your belongings, are expensive and time consuming to clean up and repair, and the damage that they do is lasting on your home.
Infestations and Mold
Standing water on the ground around your house, not only will it cause injuries to the foundation of your home, it also serves as a breeding ground for infestations of insects that can make their way into your home. Infestations are not fun to deal with and can even be quite expensive. Mold is the same way – with a damp foundation, cool temperatures and little to no light, mold cultures can easily spread through your foundation and even into your siding and ceilings, if not taken care of properly.
These are just a few of the (extreme) examples of what occurs when you do not own gutters on your home. The cost of getting gutters is considered small compared to the many home repairs you will have without them.