The gutters on your roof can be easy to ignore but serve an important role in protecting your home. By quickly draining rainwater, gutters prevent puddles on the roof that would otherwise cause serious leaks. Gutters also drain water away from the foundation and basement, preventing water damage.
As a homeowner, you probably understand the need to regularly clean and repair your gutters so as to maintain your roof drainage system. However, you should not have to look at these drainage fittings as a boring necessity to protect your home from water damage. With the tips below, you can add flair and beauty to your gutters while boosting their performance.
Clogged gutters can be quite hideous, not to mention that they can dump lots of rainwater on your foundation. Installing a gutter guard can help keep twigs, leaves, and other debris out of your gutter system, ensuring they do their job effectively and look clean.
While choosing gutter guards, avoid bulky designs that may detract from your curb appeal and go for sleek designs that are less noticeable from the ground. While the new gutter guards will help cut down on gutter maintenance, you will still have to clean the gutters occasionally to flush out dirt that may seep through the mesh and clog your gutters.
Rain chains can be a functional and decorative addition to your gutters, helping to add flair to this part of your home while improving drainage of rainwater off the roof. One approach would be to purchase rain chains that match your gutters or siding and hang them in intervals across the length of your gutters. Alternatively, consider making your own rain chains with materials such as copper, glass, or stone, and bring in design elements from the rest of your lawn to complement your home exterior.
With all their decorative qualities, rain chains can also help divert rainwater from the roof, which could ease the burden on your gutters and downspouts. Just be sure to place a flowerpot or rain barrel beneath the rain chains to collect water so it doesn't flood your basement or foundation.
Decorative downspout diverters can be easily attached to the base of your existing downspouts to add beauty to the drainage system and help to divert water further away from your foundation. These decorative fittings can be purchased in numerous designs to bring an element of design to your yard. For instance, you can go for aluminum diverters with pebbles to bring a natural look to the yard.
With the decorative tips above, your gutters can be anything but boring. Just be sure to schedule regular gutter cleaning with a company like Mr.Gutter, LLC to keep them looking and working great.