Frequently Asked Questions
What is Facia?
Facia is the board mounted where the roof meets the outer wall of the house. The facia not only prevents moisture from entering the attic space, it also supports the end of the roof and it is where the gutters are mounted.
What is Soffit?
Soffit is the horizontal board covering the roof overhang to the exterior of the home. Soffit is usually vented to allow airflow through the attic to prevent heat and moisture buildup which could result in mildew and rot.
What is a Drip Edge?
Drip edge is a metal flashing that is installed at the edge of the roof to help control water flow away from the facia and protect the underlying roof components.
Why should I Install Gutters?
Before you decide whether or not you need to install gutters, it's important to understand why rain gutters exist, and what they do.
The most basic explanation is that gutters collect rainwater running off the roof. Then the gutters direct that water into a downspout, where it can be safely directed away from the home.
Gutters work to keep your foundation from eroding, keeps your landscape intact, and avoids water damage to your siding and exterior.
If you are noticing water problems in your home that you suspect is due to your roof's lack of gutters, you're probably right.
Here are a couple of the most common signs that gutters could improve the function and lifespan of your home:
Moldy or rotting siding is a key sign that water is not getting far enough away from the house. Instead, it's rolling off the roof and onto the sides of your home. Then the water becomes trapped behind the siding causing rot, and mold. This is not only bad for the structure and appearance of the home but possibly even the health of your family. Most of today's siding is meant to take water head-on, not from above. When gutters are catching the water and redirecting it away from the house, mold and rot issues stop.
If you notice divets or troughs around your home, that is a sign you're getting enough water to warrant Rain Gutter Installation. These troughs or divets are caused by rainwater pouring onto the ground from the roof. This can also be a serious problem for the foundation. Constant pounding from the rain can erode the foundation causing structural issues with the home.
By installing gutters eliminate these troughs and divets, plus leave you with a better-looking yard and a better quality foundation holding up your home!