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5 Reasons Not To Ignore Your Gutters

01 July 2017

Gutters are the “Unsung Heroes” of Your Home

When purchasing a home, the last thing you probably think of is the gutter system. You may be excited about your new backyard, the awesome finished basement, or your perfectly landscaped front yard. Although your gutters may not be front of mind, they need to be. They are the “unsung heroes” of your home. They are what will protect the new features that you are so proud of. When neglected they can cause major damage and a major headache. There are so many reasons not to ignore your gutter system, and here are just a few: 

Cracked foundation caused by leaking gutters
Cracked foundation caused by leaking gutters can lead to thousands of dollars in damages.

Foundation Damage: A home’s foundation is obviously important. It is just that. . . the foundation of the home. It needs to be protected so that everything above it is in sound shape for years to come. If your gutters aren’t functioning properly, they can cause water to rush over the gutters and then seep into your foundation. This can cause water damage in your basement, shifting property, cracks, and more.

gutters ruining landscaping
Over-shooting rainwater from your gutters can ruin your landscaping.

Ruined Landscaping: Spring and summer mean it’s time to plant new flowers, lay new mulch, or finally pave that new brick patio you’ve been dreaming of for years. If gutters are ignored, they can damage all the hard work you put into your landscaping and outdoor space. This will be costly and inconvenient to repair after all the hard work put into creating an outdoor area you love.

Squirrels and pests in open-style gutters
Squirrels and other pests are known to make a home in open-style gutters.

Pests Will Move In: By ignoring your gutters, you may be sending out an open invitation to pests and rodents to move in. When water pools inside of the gutters it can create an infestation, which can ultimately spread into your walls and the interior of your home. Additionally, mosquitoes and other bugs that breed in water can stick around near the base of your home if your downspouts aren’t functioning right. That is a bad combination with Iowa summers.

Clogged gutters pull away from your home
Clogged gutters can pull away from your home, exposing areas of the roofline to leaks and wood rot.

A Leaky Roof: When you don’t maintain your gutters, the debris that builds up over the summer and fall will contribute to ice dams on your roof during the winter. This means that as the snow melts, it can cause leaks in the areas of your roof where the ice dams were. Not only would you then need to fix your gutters, but you’d have roof and water damage to deal with also.

common cause of gutter clogs
Whirlybirds or Silver maple buds are a common sight in Iowa and a common cause of gutter clogs. Home Solutions of Iowa’s LeafGuard® Brand Gutters can solve this issue.

Curb Appeal (Or Lack Of): Have you ever seen a house with little helicopter looking trees growing out of their gutters? Silver Maple seeds and other debris will fall right into your gutters and start growing very quickly. Gutters that are full are an eyesore to the curb appeal of your home, and to the neighborhood. Once the gutters are finally cleaned out they may be stained or weathered from being so dirty, which can decrease your home’s resale value.

We Have a Gutter Solution for You:

Cleaning the gutters isn’t a fun chore for anyone, but unfortunately, it’s a crucial part of home ownership. It must be done at least twice a year if not more, depending on where you’re located and the environment around you. It can be dangerous to climb up a ladder, especially on a multi-level home. It’s dirty, it stinks, it’s time consuming.

Luckily, there is a solution to gutter maintenance. LeafGuard® brand gutters are the only patented, one-piece gutter system. They also come with a lifetime clog-free guarantee and peace of mind. The system has a hood design that shields against leaves, twigs, and other debris. LeafGuard® brand gutters direct runoff from the roof into the gutter while blocking everything else that tries to get in. The debris slips right over the edge of the gutter, and leaves your gutters clean, and best of all: never clogged.

LeafGuard® is a great investment to your home for many reasons. Not only does it protect your biggest investment – your home, but it also increases your resale value and your curb appeal. Our gutter system is offered in many colors to make your home look its best, and thanks to the Scratchguard® finish on the gutters themselves, they’ll never fade or look outdated.

Estimates are always free, so give us a call today and find out more about the LeafGuard® gutter system and everything that Home Solutions of Iowa has to offer.

 

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