Benefits of installing rain gutters

2016-06-23 06:00
While gutter maintenance can be a nuisance, fixing damaged gutters is not difficult or expensive.      PHOTO: SUPPLIED

While gutter maintenance can be a nuisance, fixing damaged gutters is not difficult or expensive. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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HOUSE gutters are long, narrow tubes used to re-route rain that falls on the roof of a house or building through a downpipe and out to the drainage system and away from the home.

This keeps the ground around the house from becoming waterlogged and the rainwater from potentially being absorbed into the foundations, where it will cause severe damage to the structure, as well as surrounding structures.

Without gutters, rain will run down the roofline, creating a waterfall effect. If the roof has a wide overhang, this may not be much of a problem for the foundation.

While gutter maintenance can be a nuisance, fixing damaged gutters is not difficult or expensive.

Holes can be patched and plugged using roofing cement, while sagging or loose gutters can be hammered back into place.

SA Damp shares the benefits of installing gutters.

Why installing gutters is important

Our weather is changing. The highveld no longer experiences summer flash storms and dry, arid days of old.

Summer days and nights are characterised by a much higher percentage of humidity and can even be classified as subtropical.

Why is this important? Humidity opens the pores of plastered walls, allowing water to enter and flow through them, causing rapid plaster rot. Prolonged soaking due to rain also ensures that much more water seeps into the plaster pores, leeching away cement.

Avoid structural damage and a decrease in property value

Building standards and the way we maintain houses has changed over time.

Thirty years ago, even the cheapest houses installed gutters.

Many of these old houses will still be standing in 100 years as a result of this and other good building practices.

Homeowners who do not install gutters on their roofs cannot expect their walls to last a lifetime.

If not attended to, repair costs will soar, and if still unattended, will seriously effect the structural integrity and the value of your property.

Consider the following:

• When it comes to installing and maintaining gutters, homeowners need to be proactive.

• Take care to install quality membranes to prevent the parapet tops from cracking and degrading.

• Use high-quality latex primer on all the walls for extensive protection and an extended life.

• Point sprinklers away from walls so they remain dry.

• Consider installing a perimeter drain around your house.

The components of a gutter system

It takes a well-designed roof to drain all of the storm water into the gutters or roof drains.

The gutter or roof drain needs to be designed to capture all the roof drainage so that it directs the water into the downspouts.

Downspouts are pipes that carry the water from the gutters to the drain system.

- Property24.

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