Why Gutters are Important
Gutters can protect your home and roof in a variety of ways. They can keep water away from the shingles, helping your roof remain free of standing water. The longer water remains on the roof, the more likely it will find its way underneath the shingles and seep into the roof support structure and the attic and then your home’s interior.
Gutters also help prevent ice dams, which are formations of frozen water that can accumulate on the outer edges of the roof. This happens when warm air rises from your heated home and melts snow or ice on top of the roof. The melted snow or ice runs down the roof and refreezes once it makes contact with the colder shingles. Having gutters can keep the water moving and allow it to flow off of the roof evenly. However, ice dams can also form inside gutters, so the best way to keep them from forming is to not only have quality gutters installed, but also keep those gutters clean and clear of debris. You can also add an ice melting substance like calcium chloride to ensure the ice does not form in the gutters.
Finally, gutters can keep water from pooling around your home or building. Without them, underground structures like your home’s foundation or basement are vulnerable to water damage, which can lead to costly issues.