Gutters, Downspouts, and Rainy Weather in Madison, WI
Why Gutters Matter
Today is just one of those days. Actually… this year has been one of those years. As a contractor, gutter and downspout work has been frequent coming in and tough going out. We’ve been getting rained out every week since March. Luckily, our guys are really hard working and they’ve been able to make up the difference. But nonetheless, the flooding waters are just about as frequent as the calls flooding in. Calls about leaks, repairs, broken branches falling on homes, hail damage, wind damage, the list literally goes on for hours so I’ll stop right here.
The point is: rain has been killer. And, as you can see, it’s not going anywhere. We’ll probably rain right into September and October at this rate. Your gutters are going to be filling with debris, water, and – apparently – just about everything else nature can throw at it. One request we are starting to get a lot of is: can you make my gutters larger? About half the time, the answer is no. People are starting to wish their residential home had commercial sized gutters! But the issue with that comes into play when you take a look at their roofing, downspouts and – sometimes Soffit/Fascia.
Let’s take a look at gutter sizes:
Pretty big difference when you look at that volume, right? But that’s not the major factor in water displacement. Home owners should always be looking at their downspouts. As a gutter installer and repair team, we see hundreds of mismanaged downspouts full of clutter, in the wrong spot, or facing the wrong way. These errors result in soggy basements and sad homeowners. The key is to ensure the slope of your roof isn’t pouring water far away from a downspout. You want your largest, baddest, strongest downspouts funneling as much water as possible from your roof and off into the sunset. Your gutters are “buffers” for water flow. They are not the end-all-be-all of water displacement. They are just meant to hold onto that water until it gets its turn into the downspout.
So, while you’re cursing your ceilings and basements this weekend (and probably for the rest of the year), considering giving us a call. We’ll drop by and give you a free estimate to repair or replacement your gutter system. It’s important to remember, the gutters don’t fix the problem. Your downspouts are your biggest asset – so don’t let them down!
Come check our stuff out! www.legacy-exteriors.com/gutters