Gutters serve a very important and practical purpose but they must be carefully selected to bring out their decorative qualities too. Rain gutters are fitted on the edges of the roof going all round the house to collect excess rain water and lead it along the drainage system. Gutters protect the building from flooding and help keep paint job in good condition by draining excess water. The gutters control the flow of water and guide it away from the foundation of the house. Some gutters are built solely for the purpose of collecting rain water for later use. This method is common in rural and developing communities. Rain gutters also help minimise erosion around the structure of the house and prevent leaks.
Gutters are made from many different materials which include cast iron, lead, galvanised steel, plastic and aluminium. Stone gutters are not ideal for hanging on the roof but they can be used successfully in lower areas. Wooden gutters are not very popular because if the implications of water on wood. Even treated wood can become unattractive if exposed to water for a long time. PVC, copper, concrete and zinc are more examples of the kind of material that gutters are made from.
The exterior of the home is often neglected and in the long run this devalues the house. Interior designers are best equipped to suggest simple and low-cost ways to renovate the exterior of the house. Generally a fresh coat of paint, stylish doors and windows, a stunning garage door and bold gutters are all home needs to get it looking vibrant and welcoming.
Depending on the type of materials used to make the gutter, installing gutters can be a fun DIY project. DIY enthusiasts have to extra carefully to use a sturdy ladder and position themselves securely on the roof to prevent falling over and serious injuries. If at any point, there is uncertainty, homeowners must call on a trained and experienced professional who will assist quickly and efficiently.