The primary purpose of your home’s gutters is to catch rain and direct it away from the house. That seems like a simple enough function, but homeowners sometimes disregard the importance of this vital piece of their home’s structure.
How Gutters Protect Your Home
There are a number of ways quality gutters can protect your home. By directing water away from the house they keep the foundation, siding or brick dry and protected from heavy downpours. They can also prevent driveways or patios from cracking and can protect the landscaping around the foundation by keeping the soil stable.
What Happens When Gutters are Not Installed Properly
Gutters take water away from your home, so if they are damaged or missing, or not correctly installed, the water will not go where it’s supposed to. Unfortunately, that could be anywhere in or around the house, which can lead to major damage.
There are many important details involved in the gutter installation process, such as ensuring they are securely fastened to the fascia and angled correctly, as well as properly measuring and securing the downspouts. If installation is not done properly, water will not be effectively moved away from the house which can lead to:
- Damage to siding or brick
- Erosion and shifting of soil which can cause foundation cracking
- Potential mold growth if water enters the attic, walls or ducts
- Deterioration of roof edge and fascia boards
- Flooding in the basement
- Damage to landscaping (yours or your neighbors)
Obviously, quality gutters are necessary to help maintain the structural well-being of the house. Whether your gutters have suffered from storm damage, or are just in need of replacement, Fiji Construction will get the job done right. Our professional technicians will inspect your current gutters for damage and advise on the best replacement options. And if there is storm damage, we will even work directly with your insurance company to make sure the claims process is hassle-free! Contact Fiji Construction at 847-462-0990 or complete our online Free Inspection request form to get started on your new gutters.