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What is the purpose of gutters anyways? They seem to just be a lot of maintenance to up-keep and a hefty bill to replace. You may be wondering if your gutters actually do anything or perhaps you are just curious about how it all works. Our team here at AAA Construction Consultants explains, rain gutters main purpose is to channel water off of the roof and away from your home.

Wood gutters appear very authentic and can really complement a historic home's aesthetic. Many homeowners agree that they can add an old fashioned traditional look to a home. Not only are wooden gutters beautiful, but they are generally effective at diverting rain water away from your home. If you do opt for wood gutters, you'll want to make sure they contain cedar wood. Cedar wood will withstand moisture for and extended period.

Copper is also one of the more durable gutter options. Copper brings a certain aesthetic to a home’s facade, appealing to property owners looking to customize their home. “Copper is one of the strongest metals. It is suitable for any region. Homeowners who are interested in a copper gutter system should consider the “patina” aspect of copper, which gradually ages and changes color with exposure to the elements. A copper gutter system will only stay shiny for the first month or two. It will turn brown, dark brown, purple, and eventually a greenish color.

Aluminum is the most popular gutter on the market, as it is relatively inexpensive, durable, and easy to work with. Unlike steel, aluminum will not rust over time, and is available in a wide range of colors.

If you don’t have gutters and downspouts to direct the runoff away from your home, the water will flow over the sides and pool around the foundation every time it rains. Too much water falling too close to your home can erode the soil around it, compromise the home’s foundation and wreak havoc to your lower level. Installing rain gutters is something that is very important. A faulty gutter system can also cause water to run underneath the shingles of your roof, which can lead to great damage. This is also important for winter time when the snow melts and there is all the extra water.

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When shopping for a gutter system, a homeowner will have to choose among a variety of materials, including aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl, copper, and wood. Installers price gutter systems per linear foot, but this price includes all the necessary components for a gutter system, including the gutters, downspouts (the vertical section), corner joints, end caps, and hanging brackets.

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Vinyl is one of the least-expensive gutter options on the market, and is also very easy to cut and work with. Vinyl gutter systems are prominent in home stores because of the easy of assembly and availability of component parts. Vinyl tends to become brittle and break in colder climates. It is also not as sturdy or durable as metal counterparts.

1. Prevent Erosion

All homes are built on a slight slope to guide runoff away from the foundation. If you don’t have gutters (or they are clogged, rusted or faulty), the water flows off from your roof, causing massive erosion. Over time more and more soil will begin to wash away every time it rains or snows. This causes your perfectly sloped landscape to slowly wear down, allowing water to flow towards your home rather than away from it. Erosion prevention is core part of our gutters.

2. Protect the Siding

When rainwater carries all sorts of debris down the siding, this results in streaky staining. Pulling up to a home that looks unkempt and unappealing from the outside negatively impacts you and your curb appeal. Aside from the aesthetics, over time this moisture can begin to rot your siding, which becomes a hugely difficult and pricey problem to fix! It can create holes in the siding, where unwanted pests can nest or even affect the structural integrity if enough water seeps through.

3. Prevent Basement Flooding

Soil that is saturated with pooling water becomes extremely heavy. When it’s consistently happening around your home it creates a tremendous amount of pressure on the foundation of your home. This can over time cause the basement walls to push in or crack. These cracks in the foundation allow water to flow into your home, potentially flooding your lowest level. Unwanted and excessive moisture can create mold growth and other dangerous health hazards for your family.

Steel gutter systems are usually galvanized, although stainless steel options exist as well. Galvanized steel gutters will eventually rust after 20-25 years, but steel is strong and durable, making it a popular option for regions that experience extreme weather, heavy rains, and snow. 

​Here are 3 great reasons to have a well working gutter system: