Simply put, the most important function of rain gutters is to protect your home from the harmful effects of water.
If you have gutters that are old, damaged or missing parts then you are risking damage to your home. It can prevent the gutter from doing what it is meant to do which is to keep water away from the structure and its foundation.
If the foundation of your home is to wet it can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. This can eventually lead to structural problems which in turn can cause rotting, cracking and ultimately collapse. This is something that can easily be prevented with the presence of a quality gutter system. A properly installed gutter will manage water runoff properly and guide it down though the downspouts to appropriate areas.
In recent years building officials across the country have been recognizing this. Many municipalities around the country are now requiring gutters on all residential construction.
The basic principle here is that an "ounce of prevention" can be worth a "ton of cure" when it comes to properly managing water runoff around your home.
1. Structure – Exterior fascia, soffit and even interior walls and doors from cracking, rotting, rusting and even collapse.
2. Foundation – Soil is washed away so is the support provided for the driveway, patio and walkway. The end results will be settling, cracking to a complete collapse.
3. Landscape – Few things are more frustrating than watching your beautiful landscaping get drowned out or washed away.
4. Insects – Termites need water to reproduce and thrive. Excess water around your home will encourage termites and other insects.