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The Importance of Gutter Maintenance for Your Home

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 by Team Arrow


Your gutter system is an integral part of your home’s maintenance, allowing water to flow away from your home. Once installed, many people forget about their gutters, only realising their importance when a problem arises. This may be that water is overflowing - often due to debris - resulting in the ground around your house becoming waterlogged. This can be dangerous territory for your home’s foundation and structures.

But don’t worry, we’ve got all the answers you need regarding your gutters, whether you’re looking to repair your existing system or replace it entirely.

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What do gutter and downspouts do?

Put simply, gutters and downspouts have one task to do: divert water away from your home. Without gutters, your home could quickly rack up huge, costly water damages.

Gutters

Gutters are long, narrow tubes used to divert rainwater that falls onto the roof of your house. This then reroutes the water out to a drainage system and away from your home.

Downspouts

Partnered with gutters, downspouts are simply vertical drainpipes that usually extend down to ground level, leading water into a drainage system.

Once you’ve spotted a problem with your gutters, the last thing you want is further damage to your roof or siding.

Siding

Siding is the material - you guessed it - that goes on the sides of your property. This addition can transform the look of your home, add value and even help with insulation and energy efficiency. To see for yourself how siding can give your home a signature style, check out our before and after gallery.

Why are gutters and downspouts so important?

We often don’t think about where the water goes when it has been chucking it down with rain. A reliable gutter system prevents waterfall from forming on your siding, directing it away from your home. Both gutters and downspouts are incredibly important to protect your home from extensive - and very expensive! - water damage.

What causes a gutter system to fail?

Many of us disregard gutters as an integral part of our homes, forgetting their important role in keeping our homes free of water. There are a number of reasons why your gutters may fail, although there is a huge focus on debris clogging your gutter system.

Over time, leaves, twigs and other organic materials build up and cause chaos to your gutters - and your home. This usually results in water backing up or spilling over the edge of your gutter, often resulting in damage to the foundation of your home.

How can you keep your gutters maintained?

In order to keep your gutter system working well, it needs to be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. But apart from those pesky leaves, what else do you need to look out for? A professionally installed gutter system should be:

  • Free of holes and gaps
  • Fitted securely to your home
  • Free of debris 

If you’ve noticed that your gutters are sagging or starting to pull away from your home, this could mean they’ve gotten clogged somewhere. Over time, general debris can start to fill your gutters, weighing your gutters down and causing water to overflow onto your soffit and fascia. Once water starts to back its way up onto your roof, leaks can start to occur - resulting in huge amounts of damage. 

Fed up of hiring someone to maintain your gutters? Tired of trying to clean them yourself? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of options to have you choosing the right system in no time.

Choosing the right gutters & downspouts for your home

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Repairing older gutters can a difficult and often, costly, affair. This is why so many homeowners choose to upgrade their guttering system to a modern and more reliable solution. But who knew there were so many options to consider?

There is more to gutter and downspouts than the problem they solve. Your gutters can be carefully designed to suit your home’s needs, including a choice of:

Materials - Typically made from aluminium, for the ultimate durability and affordability

Color - Factory designed in a wide range of colors, they can be painted any color you desire. Wood and steel options are also available, allowing you to get the perfect finish for your home’s style.

Style - Did you know that there are several different types of gutter profiles? Aluminium gutters are often formed in a “K” profile, while half-round gutters are curved the whole way through and usually found on older houses. 

For further options, visit our gutter & downspout installation page.

Find a permanent solution to clogged gutters

If you’re growing tired of scooping out leaves and general debris from your gutter system, our gutter guards make the ideal addition for that extra layer of protection. Also known as gutter screens, these covers ensure that only water enters your gutters.

Clogged gutters can be a huge problem for many homeowners, but we’re not just talking about a little water overflow… When water flows over, it has to go somewhere. Whether it’s the foundations of your home or backed up onto your roof, water can result in serious damage to your siding, sheathing and trim.

Choosing a gutter guard that works for you is incredibly important to us. Our professional installers will ensure that installing gutter guards on your home is done properly and carefully, to avoid any damage to the shingles.

Are you looking for gutter services near you?

We offer the following services in Kansas and Missouri:

  • Gutter installation
  • Gutter replacement
  • Gutter repair
  • Aluminium gutters
  • Gutter guards

Get the ultimate gutter solution for your home

Whether you’re looking for a timely repair or gutter replacement and installation, our highly skilled experts are here to help. Our experienced team will help you find a solution that fulfils your needs, providing you with a quality repair or installation in no time.

Call us today at 1-913-703-3000 or contact our team to get your gutter project underway. We offer free estimates on all our work in Leawood, Prairie Village, Lansing, Less Summit, Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Raymore, Kansas City and throughout the surrounding areas.

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