No gutters no maintenance, right? Well, not exactly. If you no longer have gutters, chances are you fall under the category of those that say “I no longer need to worry about them because I took them down.” We hear this phrase in many different forms quite often, especially at home shows and local events where we talk with homeowners about their gutters. Right now, by getting rid of your gutters, you may believe that you’ve eliminated one home maintenance item from your checklist, but by doing this, you may actually be adding on a whole bunch of new home projects or “headaches” to your to-do list.
So, let’s discuss why you removed your gutters. You were fed up with cleaning your gutters, you got sick of them clogging and you were honestly just tired of maintaining them, is that right? We get it, and we understand that you may feel like gutters are more work than they’re worth, but this may not actually be true. Let’s look at just how much gutters are worth:
You gutter system is designed to flow water away from your home and its foundation during rain. Without gutters this barrier is eliminated and the water heads directly down, landing right near your foundation. This water will often pool at your foundation causing constant soaking leading to potential costly damages and home projects that are certain to give you more of a headache than maintaining your gutters.
- Foundation repair: On average these repairs range from $10,000 – $14,000 for an average home. (foundationrepairnetwork.com)
- Repairing water damage: On average, these repairs can cost around $2,154 based on 576 cost profiles. (homeadvisor.com)
- Mold removal: Generally, ranges from $2,000 – $6,000 depending on the amount and severity of mold. (moldblogger.com)
- Flooded basement cleanup: A minor flood could cost about $10,000 to repair, whereas a more substantial flood could cost anywhere between $25,000 – $50,000 to repair. (angieslist.com)
These repairs often come about because a home has no gutters, or gutters that are clogged and/or not working properly. This causes standing water around your home and its foundation. This water can then also cause shrinking or expanding of the soil around your foundation. While initially it may seem that by getting rid of your gutters you have also gotten rid of your problems, you may actually be causing more problems for yourself and your home in the near future. These problems are often not easy to spot initially, but over time, and after continued pooling of water, these issues could likely become apparent. Unfortunately, often by the time they have become visible problems to you, it is past the point of avoiding the problem and you will likely need to now do repairs.
So let’s get back to the original question at hand. What are having and maintaining your gutter systems really worth? The short answer to this is potentially saving yourself $50,000 + on repairs as well as eliminating the potential for more extensive projects rather than just simple maintenance. The average gutter installation job is about $800-$1,800 on a typical raised ranch home. Gutters can last you anywhere from 25-30+ years depending on material, when properly maintained. Of course, we are not saying that without gutters these damages are certain to happen, but by not having gutters your risks are certainly higher, so why take that risk?
If you’re tired of maintaining your gutters and you want a professional to do it for you, we actually offer a Maintenance Agreement for those with open gutter systems. As part of the Maintenance Agreement you will immediately be put into our database allowing us to put you on our scheduled cleaning list and properly prepare for the heavy cleaning seasons! If you are tired of cleaning all together we suggest having gutter guards installed!