Los Angeles, your homes actually DO need gutters! Functioning rain gutters are a necessity for maintaining your home. The headaches that rain gutters can prevent — and the problems that can occur if they are blocked up, leaking, or simply not present — are very real!
Gutters take the rain water that falls onto your roof and they channel it away from your home, preventing water from damaging your roof, exterior paint, windowsills, and shutters. More importantly, they keep water from getting inside your walls, settling around your foundation, or getting into your basement. Anyone that’s had the displeasure of dealing with a flood knows what a nightmare that can be! Your floors, your furniture, anything on the ground can be completely ruined.
Without gutters, water can collect around your foundation, which can cause it to crack (or, for some types of foundation, slide or roll). Regardless, the stability and structure of your home are immediately compromised. That’s not only dangerous, but expensive too! Water around your foundation can also seep under your floors, which can cause rugs to start molding from the bottom up, wood floors to warp, and can cause electrical damage. All that water can also wick up the wooden structure of your house, and get inside the walls, where it can inspire the growth of unhealthy black mold, even in the relatively dry heat of the Valley.
All of this can be prevented simply by installing and properly maintaining a good rain gutter system. There are lots of options on the market, ranging from traditional aluminum to beautiful copper gutters and galvanized steel as well. All of them do the same job, so pick the material that best compliments your home’s aesthetics.
Once installed, you must keep your gutters clean. Gutter screens can go a long way toward making this job easy, but even with them, you should still check your downspouts at least once a year and make sure that everything is flowing properly. By performing this basic maintenance, you can get decades of excellent service out of your rain gutters.
Rain gutters are the best way to prevent all the painful damaging effects of loose water on, in, and around your home. You can’t blame it on the rain this time — get your home properly protected. Call Prestigious Raingutters for a free estimate!