Are Gutters Necessary for Every Home?

October 9, 2020

Did you know the average amount of rain per year in the entire US is 38 inches of rain? And here in the Portland/Vancouver area, we actually get 42 inches of rain per year. That’s four inches more than the average! With so much rain, it’s important for homeowners in the PNW to pay attention to how water gets redirected from their roof. That’s where gutters come in. 

How Gutters Help Protect Your Home

Gutters prevent water damage to your home by redirecting water away from your roof. Particularly in the PNW, water flow from heavier rainfalls can lead to lifting shingles from your roof, warping your home’s siding, flooding in basements, and landscape erosion. If your roof has even small areas of damage, too much water can worsen the damage and lead to leaks. Fortunately, all of these problems can be prevented by a reliable gutter system.

When to Skip the Gutters

So are gutters required for every home? We recommend most homes in this area to install a gutter system because of the amount of rainfall we get. But there may be a few exceptions:

  • The land around your home slopes downward so that water doesn’t puddle around your home
  • Your roof has other overhangs that help water to run-off away from your home
  • Your home is surrounded by concrete so that your home’s foundation is protected from sitting water

If you are not sure about your home needing gutters, give your local roofer a call. The biggest concern will be how well water flows away from your home, so make sure that is addressed when talking to your roofer!

Not Just Any Gutter

As we keep mentioning, the Pacific Northwest climate includes a lot of rain, so it’s not a matter of whether or not your home has a gutter system. Rather, it’s more about what type of gutter system you choose! With all the rain we get, it’s crucial to find something that can stand up to all the water to help protect your home. Additionally, homeowners in this area may be more likely to get debris in their gutters, requiring just a little bit more maintenance.

At IBEX Roof, we understand that cleaning out gutters is the last thing homeowners want to worry about. That’s why we’ve designed a gutter system specifically for this region that is long-lasting and reliable. Our seamless gutters are essentially just one long aluminum gutter to reduce leaks and rusting so that your gutters last longer.

Additionally, we recommend adding gutter guards to our customers who often find their gutters filled with debris. We love gutter guards because they greatly reduce the need to maintain your gutters while ensuring that your gutters are still doing what they are supposed to do. It’s a win-win!

An Important Part of Your Roof

You can find both roofing experts and gutter experts, but at IBEX Roof, we are both! We recognize that gutters play an important role in your entire roofing system. That’s why gutter inspections and cleanings are a routine part of our roof maintenance program. And if you’re looking to replace or install a brand new gutter system, we’re equipped to install custom seamless gutters designed to the dimensions of your home.

Get an estimate for your next gutter system today by giving IBEX Roof a call at 360-218-3104.

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