Rain gutters are more important than many homeowners might realize. Though they can add a decorative element to your home, their primary purpose is to prevent water from damaging your home.
Does that mean that everyone needs gutters? Yes, with a few exceptions. Our team at The Rhino Gutter Company explains why gutters are necessary, and how you can tailor them to fit your home’s style and needs.
What Do Gutters Do?
Gutters are installed under the edge of the roof to catch rainwater as it flows off your roof’s surface. The gutters then direct water to the edge of your roof and into the downspouts.
Downspouts then dispense the water into drainage systems or extensions that relocate the water away from your home’s foundation. You can also design your gutter system to channel water into a rain barrel to water your garden.
Are Gutters Necessary?
The short answer? Yes. Though gutters aren’t covered by any kind of legislation, they are necessary for most homeowners to prevent damage to their homes.
Here are some key reasons why gutters are necessary:
- Slopes: Hills and slopes might give your landscaping a beautiful look, but they’re also one of the reasons why you need gutters. If your home sits at the bottom of a slope, rainwater can collect around your home’s foundation and cause extensive damage.
- Overhangs: If your roof’s overhang is close to your home’s siding, rain may cause trenches to form around your home’s foundation. These trenches can lead to severe and costly damage that could have otherwise been prevented.
- Clay-rich soil: Clay-rich soil, like red clay or loamy clay soil, absorbs and retains water when wet. The soil may then direct rainwater toward your home’s foundation, acting like a pipeline that delivers water to the same spot repeatedly.
- Weather: In a rainy climate like Tampa Bay, it is imperative to have gutters.
When are Gutters Not Necessary?
Though we generally recommend having gutters installed, there are a few circumstances where they might not be necessary including:
- Downward Slopes: If your home is situated at the top of a hill, you will have natural water runoff that can do the work of gutters for you. Just make sure that your landscaping also has downward slopes that point away from your home as well.
- Large Roof Overhang: A large roof overhang of between 6-10 inches may also mean that you don’t need to have gutters installed. Especially if your home is situated on a downward slope.
- Weather: If your home is in a drier climate, it is less likely that you will need gutters.
Improving Your Gutter System
Gutters might not be the most exciting thing to upgrade or install, but they can be used to add elegance and character to your home.
Maximize your gutter system by:
- Type: There are various styles of gutters that can add flair to your home. Half-round gutters look amazing on historic homes, while box gutters lend towards industrial applications. For a seamless, modern aesthetic, custom fascia gutters can be beautiful.
- Material: The material that your gutters are made of can also make your home appear more luxurious. Copper gutters can add a striking accent to your home’s exterior, while wood gutters can add charm and warmth.
- Gutter Guards: Instead of allowing leaves, pine needles, and other debris to clog up your gutters can cause sagging, stains, and overflowing gutters, Rhino Gutter Guards can be used to protect your gutters from even the smallest debris!
Tampa Bay Gutter Installation
Tampa Bay is known for its ample rainfall, especially during the summer and hurricane season, so make sure you call the experts at The Rhino Gutter Company if you need your gutter system upgraded or a new system installed to protect your home.
Call us for a seamless gutter quote today; (888) 407-4466!