Gutters play a large role in protecting your home and keeping it looking beautiful, especially here in the Pacific Northwest. Rain gutters allow water to be diverted, preventing erosion, damage, and flooding to your basement. In addition, they can help to prevent staining on the exterior of your home, paint damage, as well as stop the growth of mold and mildew. With nearly 40 inches of rain annually on average, it’s not hard to see why having a capable gutter system on your home is vital. In this post, we would like to share some information that will help you ensure your home is protected and ready for heavy rains.
Benefits of Rain Gutters
Having an efficient rain gutter system installed on your home is essential. In recent years, there has been an increasing awareness to the need for gutters on residential homes across the nation. More and more it is becoming a requirement, and for good reason. Let us highlight some key reasons below:
-Prevent erosion and damage to foundation
-Prevent flooding under house and basement
-Prevent staining, paint damage, and growth of mold/mildew on exterior
-Cracking of sidewalks, patios and driveways can be helped
-Exterior doors/garage doors can be protected
Maintaining Your Gutters
Rain gutters typically work beautifully when unobstructed – but when leaves, branches, debri, and shingle granules start to build up, the efficiency of the gutters will take a hit. This is why it is important to regularly clean your gutters. We recommend gutters to be cleaned at least once per year, ideally more depending on your homes location and proximity to trees. Neglect of your home’s gutters can result in a variety of issues:
-Water damming can occur, potentially damaging eaves
-Water may leak into the house and damage the interior of the home
-Mosquitoes can breed in the standing water in your gutters
-Total failure to the gutters themselves can occur if cleaning is neglected
There are a few major advantages to adding gutter guards to your existing or new gutter system. The addition of a gutter guard will strengthen the entire gutter system. By stopping debris from entering the gutters, the guard prevents overflow and downspout clogging. This aids in protecting your home’s siding and foundation from water damage, as mentioned before. Gutter guards also help inhibit pests from making nests in your gutters. With an aluminum guard you don’t need to worry about warping and deterioration to the gutters over time.
Professionally Installed Rain Gutters
We understand the rainy climate here in the Pacific Northwest and what it takes to protect your home and keep it looking beautiful. As you know, the roof is a vital component to the home, neglect can lead to a laundry list of issues that are mostly preventable. Gutters are no different. Having a professionally installed rain gutter system will add tremendous value to the life of your home, for years to come.
At Valentine, our in-house Gutter Division crews install seamless, heavy duty aluminum rain gutter systems that are custom made right at your house. We’ll make sure your new gutters are properly sloped and built to last with hidden fasteners every 16-24 inches. The baked-on enamel finish on your new gutters will add the perfect accent to match your roof and is available in a variety of color choices.
If you’d like to receive a quote or find more information on our seamless gutter systems, please visit our Rain Gutter page.