Gutters 101: Why are Gutters Necessary?

For most home-shoppers, a prospective house’s gutters are one of the last items of concern. However, the presence of gutters is absolutely necessary on virtually every style of home in almost every part of the world. It’s no stretch to say that gutter installation on a home can save the owner thousands of dollars. Here’s a look at why gutters are so important for homes from Arlington Heights to Highland Park.

Water Redistribution

A gutter system’s main task is to keep water away from a home’s foundation. This responsibility can’t be understated, especially in the Chicago metro area where rainfall can be particularly heavy at times. Gutters are designed to take in and then redistribute rainwater at a safe distance from the foundation. Without gutters, a serious thunderstorm could result in an excess of water penetrating the foundation and entering the soil beneath, eventually causing cracks and leaks in the basement. Not only does this lead to basement flooding and all of the expenses that come with it, water can permanently damage the foundation itself. Repairing a foundation is anything but cheap, with the average cost around $10,000.


If your home’s gutters are in disrepair and you wait too long to engage in gutter replacement, a home’s aesthetics could suffer. For example, in lieu of gutters (or properly functioning gutters), hard rains will pound the dirt and soil around a house, causing dirt, mud, and other materials to splash on to the home’s walls. Suffice to say, this doesn’t jibe with the clean look most homeowners like to maintain. Also, too much rainwater penetrating the soil around a house will over time result in erosion that can wreak havoc with landscaping.

Painted surfaces are also more vulnerable when gutters aren’t present to offer protection. In this case, any exterior painted surface will peel much faster because of overexposure to water, necessitating the homeowner to repaint far earlier than planned.

Health & Safety

Take it from U.S. Exterior by Seidel, a leading gutter replacement contractor in Buffalo Grove: the lack of a gutter system can compromise the health and safety of your family. Without gutters, rain will not only hit your windows, but the amount of rain flowing over the windows will increase tenfold. Even the best windows will eventually yield tiny openings where water can bypass the window frame and enter your home. The more this happens, the more of a chance the water has to damage different facets of the house: most importantly, floors and walls. Water that finds its way into walls is liable to spawn mold and mildew, which as every homeowner knows are a nightmare to counteract and a real threat to family health.

Bear in mind too that homes with siding are susceptible to mold and mildew too. If a house lacks gutters, or its owners wait too long for gutter repair, water can enter the seams and gaps in the siding, leading to mold or mildew growth.

The bottom line is that the cost of installing and maintaining gutters is far less than the price to be paid for damages incurred when gutters aren’t present. For more information on gutter installation and repair, as well as expertise pertaining to K-style gutters, half-round gutters, and seamless gutters, contact U.S. Exterior by Seidel.


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