When it comes to selling your house, gutters are one of the most overlooked heroes in real estate. They don’t earn the “ooh’s and ahh’s” that a home’s immaculately manicured front yard will. But without them, a building’s structural foundation is at risk. We’ve put together a list explaining multiple ways gutters can increase your home’s overall value.
Prevent Costly Water Damage
Properly working, clean gutters increase home value. Period. It is one of the essential aspects of home maintenance to not only preserve the home, but also keep the house aesthetically looking good. Water damage losses can be devastating to a home and remediation of that damage is extremely expensive. It’s estimated that homeowners’ insurance companies pay approximately $2.5 billion in claims annually relating to water damage losses. Water damage also causes staining and decay to the home which is unsightly and requires additional repairs.
First impressions matter! A home’s attractiveness from an all-around exterior view is perhaps the most significant reason a home buyer is drawn to a home. Exterior improvements, including new gutters, boost a home’s curb appeal immensely and invariably increases the value of a residential property. Attractive new gutters highlight roof shingles, windows, and home siding. And, some homeowners insist that seamless gutters bring the tidiest aesthetic and best value to a home. The traditional metal or aluminum gutters still provide critical protection for proper water distribution, but arguably the seamless gutters look sleeker and professionally constructed. The bottom line is: regardless of the actual material the gutter is made of, the thing that matters most is that the gutters are secured to the house and function properly.
Roofs deteriorate from elements including water buildup, accumulation of leaves and greenery, and wind damage. Gutters offer critical protection from these climate conditions by protecting the durability and sustainability of the roof. Gutters are a key protector of your home’s foundation and mitigate a plethora of potential structural issues that can cost you a fortune later down the line.
Coordination is Key
The size and color of your gutters can determine whether they are aesthetically suitable for your home. Choosing a gutter that compliments the color of your house, outdoor window trim, and that’s easy to keep up can save you time and money in the long run—as well as boost your home’s overall value. When it comes to choosing the correct size of gutters, it’s vital to keep in mind several of the following factors:
- Roof pitch factor
- Roof material
- Surrounding trees
- Overall size of house
- Local rainfall intensity
- Gutter style
At The RHINO, Official Gutter Company of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we make sure that your gutters look tidy and well-paired with your home so your house’s foundation remains protected without sacrificing its appearance. If you’re in search of professional gutter installation, be sure to give us a call at (813) 535-4104 to find a dealer near you!