So, what is the important role properly installed and cleaned gutters play? Protecting your home and your property from water damage! There is one more gutter factor that plays a role in protecting your home from water: Gutter downspout placement. So, why is gutter downspout placement so important?
Downspouts need to whisk water away from you home.
Once rainwater or melting snow has poured into your gutters, it needs a place to go. Downspouts determine where the water will discharge from your gutter system and into your yard. A poorly placed downspout can cause a host of issues. These include washing away your landscaping to flooding your basement; even eroding your foundation every time it rains. Downspouts need to empty where the water will flow away from your home. They also should have an additional element that directs water away from your foundation. Whether it is a simple splash block or a more elaborate drainage system, either will work.
Downspouts ensure your gutter system can handle the load of roof runoff.
Downspout placement on a home with a simple roof-line can be pretty straightforward and easy to determine. However, a home with peaks and eaves isn’t as easy. Downspouts that aren’t properly placed can mean overflowing gutters, damaged eaves, rotting soffits, and eroded landscaping. If you have a more complex roof-line, you need a gutter professional to evaluate the layout of gutters and downspouts. This is to ensure that downspouts are placed at locations that deal with high volumes of water runoff.
Poorly placed downspouts can jeopardize the look of your home.
If you put in a gutter system without giving thought to proper downspout placement, you could be dealing with an eyesore down the road. When downspouts are added as an afterthought, they often are placed in very visible locations. Places such as at the front of a home, next to the porch, or at an exposed corner of the home.
Planning your downspout placement when you plan out your gutter system can help you strategically place downspouts. So, they not only handle a load of stormwater runoff adequately but so they are also placed discretely around your home. This way they don’t disrupt the aesthetic appeal of your home.
Are in the market for gutter replacement or repair? If so, make sure you call gutter professionals who will create an entire gutter plan,. This includes careful placement of downspouts to discharge the water from your gutters properly, handle a full load of rainwater from your roof-line, and maintain the curb appeal of your home. For a comprehensive gutter system that will protect your home from water damage, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment to discuss your gutters today!