The Arizona monsoon season represents a change in the weather pattern where dry winds that typically blow from the west and southwest tend to shift to the south and southeast. The result brings up moisture from the Gulf of California. That moisture, coupled with the heat of summer, fuels what we know as the monsoon storms. And with monsoon just around the corner, it is time to think about installing rain gutters on your home, that is if you do not already have them.
The benefits of rain gutters are many but here we have listed a few of the most important ones.
Rain Gutters Keep You Dry
Rain gutters prevent rain water from flowing off the roof and over entrances to the home and porch. As you enter and leave the home, there is no worry about a sheet of water dousing you.
Rain Gutters Keep Your House Cleaner
Water falling from the edge of a roof can splash dirt on the lower part of the exterior walls as it strikes the ground. It can harm flowers, delicate shrubs and other plants. It can even break down mulch or wash away gravel.
Rain Gutters Prevent Rot
Homes without the benefit of rain gutters are more likely to experience wood rot on the fascia and soffit as water exiting the roof finds openings in the paint and caulking. Professionally installed gutters will keep water away from wood and redirect it to the ground or storm water system.
Rain Gutters Prevent Erosion
Rain water that falls from a rooftop has to go somewhere. In a heavy rain, a high volume of water flowing away from the house can erode the dirt around it. This can cause ponding in the yard, which can lead to muddy soil as well as damaged grass.
Rain Gutters Can Help Keep Basements Dry
There are not a large number of homes in Arizona that have basements but for those who do, rain gutters help to funnel water away from basement walls. Water that falls from a roof can saturate the ground near the foundation. Over time, the water may find its way down and through the foundation walls due to hydrostatic pressure. The result is cracks in basement walls and eventually flooding in the basement. Even without cracks, sitting water can soak through the basement wall and result in a buckled foundation and costly repairs.
Rain Gutters Keep Foundations Stable
Water sitting near a foundation wall eventually works its way under the foundation, causing it to settle. The walls on the settled part of the foundation can then separate from the rest of the house.
These are just a few reasons why every home should have rain gutters. If your home is absent of rain gutters, why not contact AAA Sun Control for a free no obligation quote?
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