Benefits of Gutters and Downspouts – More than Curb Appeal


People often consider curb appeal and overlook the importance of functionality where the guttering system is concerned. The gutters and downspouts, and how they network together is vital for the structural integrity of your home. There are several benefits that come with proper installation of a well-designed guttering system.

Keeping Water Out

The first major benefit is simple, it helps keep water out. You don’t want water coming into your home at any level. It’s easy for water to build up at the foundation of your home and across your yard, causing erosion and property damage. Remember, all it takes is for a hairline crack to allow water to get into the house. Once water is in, it’s a race against time to seal it up or it will create a lot of damage. Water damage can put you on the road toward mold remediation or wood rot which leads to structural problems.

Ornamental Display

In the case of custom designed gutters, you are going to have a selling point when you are ready to move to a new home. This is double for those who choose copper gutters. Copper may be a bit more expensive in the short term, but it looks compelling and is definitely well worthwhile. Copper guttering is very ornate, and functions quite well compared to traditional aluminum options. It’s a good option for homeowners who want to go the extra mile and do something that increases the value and functionality of the home.

Added Protection to Siding

Siding takes a beating from the elements and doubly so when the guttering isn’t functioning properly. However, when you put up gutters and downspouts and you keep them free and clear of debris, you will be rushing water away from your siding. This also protects the fascia, foundation, and flower gardens beside the home. Water erodes flower gardens and the lawn when left to follow the path of least resistance, as water tends to do. A properly installed guttering system helps protect these areas.

Visit Our Showroom

Lake Cook Exteriors is located at 50 East Palatine Road in Palatine, IL. Our massive showroom provides ample opportunity for you to browse at your leisure and really get a hands-on experience with many of our windows, entry doors, surrounds, and gutters. Call us at 847-991-9180 to discuss your ideas with us or drop by the showroom any time during our normal business hours.