The Importance of Gutters in Vancouver to Keep Your Home Functional
Most homeowners appreciate the value of residential gutters in theory but don’t think about the importance of gutters on a regular basis. They know gutters are necessary, that clogged gutters jeopardize the safety of their home and that unclogging gutters is a time-consuming and sometimes mucky hassle. But exactly why are gutters so important and what purposes do they serve?
The fact is, gutters are your first line of defence against water damage to your home, and they are especially salient in the Metro Vancouver region, which sees its fair share of constant rainfall. By directing water from your roof and away from your house in Vancouver, gutters are the unsung heroes of guarding against preventative damage to your house.
Learning about the specific ways that they help to shield your home from water damage can better prepare you to ensure that your gutters are well maintained, damage-free and fully functional, saving you tons of time and money in the future from having to urgently and unexpectedly invest in a brand new gutter system.
What Do Gutters Do?
In a nutshell, the technicalities of residential gutters on Metro Vancouver homes are actually quite simple. Gutters redirect water that flows down your roof away from your home and towards a drainage area that’s a safe distance from your house—water that would otherwise drip along the sides of your home and accumulate around your foundation.
Even if your windows are closed, your roof has no holes and your home is sealed at ground level from the outside, in the long run, gutters still play an essential role in protecting both your home’s value and the home itself. Your home might be able to withstand a few days of rain or a storm or two with clogged or broken gutters, but over time, the flow of water can be a powerful force; it’s precisely this long-term threat against which residential rain gutters protect.
How Gutters Protect the Value of Your Vancouver Home
Gutters do more than simply prevent puddle buildups along the base of your house or from too much water trickling down your home’s side exterior. They directly avert a number of specific kinds of damages to different parts of your home of which every Vancouver homeowner and building manager should be aware.
Protect the Foundation of Your Home
Your home’s foundation is the bedrock of a safe and functioning house. While a little bit of water is great for nearby soil, too much expands the soil and erodes the ground composition, pressuring the walls of your home’s foundation and leaving your foundation unstable. Needless to say, a sinking house will cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix.
Even without too much soil near your home’s foundation, excess water drains the minerals out of concrete, posing an additional threat to the very fabric of the foundation of your house.
Safeguard Your Basement in Vancouver
Gutters that aren’t working properly or are severely clogged for long periods of time also pose a danger to your basement. As water accrues around the base of your home, it increases the risk of leaking into your basement causing mould and mildew. Wood will swell and split and metal will rusts, not to mention leaks occurring on your floor, potentially damaging not only the basement room but its contents as well.
Maintain Your Ceilings and Interior Walls
Believe it or not,clogged or busted gutters also pose a hazard to other areas of your house besides the basement and your foundation. When water amasses and seeps in the gutters themselves, it overflows and can either backup on the roof or seep along the sides of your home. Once this excess water finds its way through cracks and small holes, ceilings and walls will bear the brunt of the damage. Even without preexisting cracks, over time the flow of water will damage the protective materials alongside the outside of your home, causing cracks to appear eventually.
Gutter Maintenance and Repairs in Metro Vancouver
If you are ever concerned about the quality and maintenance of your gutters, contact Weatherguard Gutters today. For over 25 years, we’ve installed new gutters and helped repair and maintain gutter systems on homes throughout the Lower Mainland.