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Top 5 Reasons Not To Ignore Your Gutters

11 January 2019

Gutters are the “Unsung Heroes” of Your Home

When purchasing a home, the last thing you probably think of is the gutter system. You are probably excited for your new backyard, the awesome finished basement, or the 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. Gutters are what will protect the new features of your home that you are so proud of. When neglected, gutters 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: 

 

Foundation Damage 

A home’s foundation is 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 are not functioning properly, they can cause water to overflow the gutters and seep into your foundation causing water damage, shifting property, cracks, and more.

 

Soil erosion and pooling water around your foundation from poorly functioning gutters will weaken the foundation, eventually causing cracks or a shifting or settling foundation.
Soil erosion and pooling water around your foundation from poorly functioning gutters will weaken the foundation, eventually causing cracks or a shifting or settling foundation.

 

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. If gutters are ignored, they can damage all of the hard work you put into your landscaping and outdoor space and can be costly and inconvenient to repair.

 

Over-shooting rain water from your gutters can lead to landscape damage.
Over-shooting rain water from your gutters can lead to landscape damage.

 

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.

 

Open-style gutters make a perfect home for squirrels and other pests.
Open-style gutters make a perfect home for squirrels and other pests.

 

A Leaky Roof

When you don’t maintain your gutters, the debris that builds up over the summer and fall contributes to rainwater backing up and onto your roof. Over time this causes the roof to rot, weakening the structural integrity and can cause further interior damage.

 

Clogged gutters can cause rainwater can pool back onto your roof. This puts your roof at risk for leaks that can result in costly water damage.
Clogged gutters can cause rainwater can pool back onto your roof. This puts your roof at risk for leaks that can result in costly water damage.

 

Curb Appeal (Or Lack Of)

Leaves, 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.

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma's seamless, one-piece LeafGuard® gutter system can solve this issue.
LeafGuard® of Oklahoma’s seamless, one-piece LeafGuard® gutter system can solve this issue.

 

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.

 

LeafGuard® Brand Gutter's unique, seamless design keeps debris from collecting in your gutters which: prevents clogs from forming; keeps water flowing freely; eliminates leaks and the threat of water damage; and makes climbing ladders to clean gutters unnecessary.
LeafGuard® Brand Gutter’s unique, seamless design keeps debris from collecting in your gutters which: prevents clogs from forming; keeps water flowing freely; eliminates leaks and the threat of water damage; and makes climbing ladders to clean gutters unnecessary.

 

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

 

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