What's the Point of Rain Gutters?

While many home repairs only target one, specific problem, the benefits of rain gutters are numerous. Most obviously, rain gutters will funnel water off and away from your house. This will prevent water from entering your home through the roof, windows, and doors, as well as prevent your fascia boards from rotting. They’ll also help keep the exterior of your walls clean by reducing the amount of dirt that’s splashed against them. Besides those direct benefits, rain gutters provide a few, more indirect assets as well. For example, rain gutters protect your home’s foundation by reducing the amount of water entering the soil that surrounds it. This limits the soil’s ability to expand and contract, thus providing a more steadfast base for your home. They prevent topsoil erosion, too, which also helps secure your home’s foundation. Finally, besides your home’s exterior and foundation, rain gutters are also good for your plants. They stop heavy runoff that could be very harmful to plants in its path. And if you collect the rain water in a barrel, you can water your plants for free, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.