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“Gutters, Who Needs ‘Em?” Your House and Property Do, and Here’s Why


The Central Valley experienced heavy rainfall over the winter, and this is one of the reasons we want to discuss rain gutters in a post. Your home’s rain gutters serve several critical purposes, and you may not be aware of some of them. 

Because of the recent heavy rains, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to have new rain gutters installed. We’re going to look at why rain gutters are so important for your house and property so you’ll have a better understanding of why professional rain gutter replacements are sometimes necessary.

Prevents Water Damage to the House

Rainwater can inflict damage to your home’s exterior. Without rain gutters, the water that falls on your roof will run right off the edges and roll down the exterior walls. This water will not only leave ugly stains, it will cause damage to exterior building materials. Gutters direct the rainwater to downspouts so it doesn’t cascade down the exterior walls and create these problems.

Prevents Damage to the House Foundation

Without gutters, rain water will fall from the roof and pool around the foundation of your home. Over time, this weakens the soil and will lead to water flooding into lower sections of the house, such as the crawl space, and often severely damage the building’s foundation. Gutters channel the rainwater from the downspouts into a storm drainage system that keeps the water away from the foundation so it stays stable.

Protects the Roof

If water is allowed to collect on the roof, it can damage shingles and allow water to not only drip into the house but to seep into the underlying roof structure and damage it, shortening the roof’s lifespan because of wood rot and other factors. Most roofs can last 15 to 30 years, but this number will drop significantly without the help of rain gutters to stop pooling water.

Stops Landscape Damage

If you’ve ever looked at a picture of the Grand Canyon, then you’ve seen the power of water erosion. Lack of gutters won’t cause a massive canyon to open under your house, but it will quickly erode its soil, leading to damage to plants and leaving ugly erosion patches on your yard. Gutters help keep the property surrounding your house looking the way you want it to.

Prevents Pests

When water starts to pool around your house, it creates a miniature “swampland”—and mosquitos and other pesky insects just love swamplands. Gutters help your property stay drier and less appealing to these pests.

We offer service to install customized rain gutters in Merced, CA, as well as other customized roofing products like chimney and valley flashing, roof curbs, and custom attic vents. We don’t use off-the-parts components for the rain gutters we install; we have a full sheet-metal fabrication plant that uses the most advanced computerized machine tools that can create gutters based on exact measurements our team makes from homes. 

Rely on Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning for rain gutter installations and replacements. Uncompromised Quality & Customer Service Since 1952.

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