Are Rain Gutters Actually Necessary?

This is a question we hear a lot at Kodiak Gutters. It is normally from new homeowners who are trying to save money and have never dealt with foundation or roof issues. They don’t know how expensive these kinds of issues can be and how having a rain gutter system can help prevent them.

A rain gutter’s main purpose is to collect rainwater from the roof and direct it away from the foundation of the home. The amount of money you will spend on a rain gutter system pales in comparison to the cost of replacing or repairing the damage caused by the rain over time without it.

The Damage Water Can Do

Water can do a lot of damage. Sometimes it can be sudden, but typically the damage from water is damage created over time. Rain gutter systems mitigate that damage by redirecting the water where you want it to go. This is beneficial to your home for many reasons.

1. Rain Gutters Protects Your Foundation

Flooding is always in the back of a homeowner’s mind when it starts to rain heavily. This is because they physically see the water rising and coming closer to their home. What most home owner’s don’t see is even how a slight amount of rain can wreak havoc on the foundation of their property. Water and foundations do not mix. Water along the foundation line erodes the soil and can seep into the foundation causing it to crack and leak. Over time it can lead to structural instability. Foundation issues have to be corrected when you sell a home and they can be very expensive. That is why Rain Gutters are so popular in the Spokane area. With the amount of rain that falls there protecting your foundation needs to be top of mind.

2. Rain Gutters Help Control Insect Breeding

If you don’t have a rain gutter system the water is able to erode the soil and pools of water will form in those different areas. Pooled water is a perfect breeding ground for insects like mosquitoes, gnats, and flies to thrive. When water is directed away from your siding or foundation, it reduces the chances of insect colonies erupting at once in multiple areas around your home.

3. Rain Gutters Prevents Mold Growth

Mold tends to grow in areas with moisture and lacking ventilation. If you allow water to pound against your foundation eventually this will cause the basement to crack and then leak. When water gets into the basement it is the perfect environment for mold to grow. Mold can be a very expensive issue for you to deal with especially if it is in the walls of the foundation.

4. Rain Gutters Add Definition to Your Roof Line

Besides functionality, gutters have a dramatic impact on the way a house looks. Gutters add curb appeal to your home by adding definition to your roof. They also are a great addition to the resale value of your home.

If you are looking for a gutter for your home please contact the Kodiak Gutter team. We are centrally located in the Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene areas. We will be more than happy to assist you and decide which gutter system is best for you!


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