Located in the western part of the United States, Utah is the forty-fifth state to be admitted to the U.S. This occurred on January 4, 1896. Utah’s climate is normally dry and semi-arid to desert. The majority of the precipitation comes from the Pacific Ocean and because of that, it normally experiences some severe weather at times throughout the year.
Because monsoon moisture comes from the Gulf of California, it’s important to have the right rain gutters and downspouts on the house. This prevents the home foundation from being invaded and broken down over time. Gutter systems will also increase the width of the overhang of the roof which will help to prevent snow slides against the home. Maintaining the gutters and downspouts can be very tricky because leaves and twigs normally collect at some point in the gutters and clog the downspouts. In the winter time, ice hanging from the gutters can cause damage over time and weaken the system.
Risks of Not Cleaning Gutters
Since rain gutters and downspouts are designed to move the water away from the foundation of the home, you don’t want it to become clogged. Gutters left clogged and blocked over time can cause:
Gutters to fall: Especially when gutters are overloaded with debris, such as twigs, they can pull away from the home and eventually fall off. Flooding can occur when the water is stopped from flowing down the spout. It will run over the sides and then drain down to the foundation or basement which can increase the chances of flooding the basement. The cracked foundations due to the water spelling over the side of the rain gutter because it is clogged. This will then seep into the foundation and freeze with cold weather.
Wood rot is another problem that can be caused by clogged gutters. Ice dams can occur when the water freezes inside the gutters which can push against the walls and the roof and cause mildew to form or rot which will eventually weaken the foundation. Staining can occur when water is allowed to spill over the gutters after they become clogged. Over time, the debris including leaves can discolor the siding. You can hire a Gutters & Windows to clean your gutters and your downspouts for you. It is good to work with us as we are licensed, insured and bonded.
The best and most affordable option in gutter systems is to use galvanized steel. It is important to paint the gutters if you choose to use this type of guttering. The second option is aluminum guttering that is unpainted. If your home is more exposed to salty air, such as what you would experience if you live close to the ocean, then you may want to go with a more durable material. Aluminum can have factor baked enamel placed on it to last longer. The aluminum is sometimes covered with a thin layer of vinyl as well so they last longer and can be painted to look good. They are very durable and require minimal maintenance. Copper is the most expensive type of guttering and can offer a solid system in protecting your home. The thickness in both the gutters and the downspouts is on average a 26 gauge stainless steel or a 24 gauge.
You should first install caps and screens over your gutter system in order to cut down on the amount of time it takes to maintain your gutter system. You will need to make sure that your gutter system and downspouts have a sufficient capacity in order to handle the precipitation that comes through on your roof. If you have a steep roof on your home, you may need to get a larger gutter as well to accommodate the amount of water the falls down the roof and into the gutters. It’s important to make sure that the gutters are sloped toward the downspout which is approximately one inch.