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If you want to keep your house and its foundation in peak condition, you need to make sure your gutters are in good shape. Gutters control the flow of rain water from your roof, keeping it from damaging your home's foundation. In order to do this job properly, your gutters need to be correctly installed and regularly maintained. Knowing some of the basics about gutters can prevent homeowners from making mistakes that may cause damage. Once you know what kind of care your gutter needs, a Loveland roofing contractor can come to your house to do the job.

When water hits a home's roof, it runs down the slope of the roof. If the house has a gutter, the water gets diverted along the edge of the roof until it reaches the corners where it runs out through a downspout. Gutters handle both rain and melted snow accumulation. While gutters provide the small perk of keeping your head dry as you enter your home, their main purpose is to keep water from dripping around the house and eroding the foundation.

Gutters benefit a home in multiple ways. Having a properly installed gutter can keep the soil surrounding the house stabilized. Gutters can also prevent flooding in the basement and other areas around a house.

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They keep your landscape and turf in good shape by preventing erosion, and they protect your siding and masonry from water damage. With all of these advantages in mind, it's no surprise that many municipalities now require gutters on all new residential construction.

The only drawback to having a gutter is that they require some maintenance. It's important to keep them clean and free of debris. Most homeowners probably don't clean their gutters as frequently as they should; if you discover weeds growing in your gutters, or if you find yourself digging large scoops of soil out of the gutter, you're probably not cleaning them often enough. Most gutters need to be cleaned at least twice a year for optimum performance. Clogged gutters can cause water to dam up and damage the eaves. They can also cause water to get into your house and damage your floors and walls. Leaves that accumulate in gutters can even be a fire hazard in areas that are vulnerable to wildfires.

If you inspect your current gutters and find leaks, it may be time to replace them with a newer style. Today, homeowners can opt for seamless gutters constructed from a single piece of metal. Not only are these gutters attractive, but they're not prone to the leaks that often plague gutters at the joints and seams. A reputable roofing contractor can install custom-made seamless gutters that will provide years of comfort and protection for your home.

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