You might be wondering—does my house really need gutters?
In Georgia’s southern climate—where tropical storms are frequent visitors—gutters are an absolute necessity. They protect your foundation from water damage by collecting roof water and diverting it away from your home.
What Happens If a House Has No Gutters?
If a Georgia home has no gutters, all of the rainwater that falls on the roof will end up soaking the ground that surrounds the home’s foundation. This can lead to the oversaturation of expansive soil, meaning that the soil will grow and place thousands of pounds of pressure on the foundation walls. This pressure can lead to bowing, cracking, and leaks—all expensive damage that will need to be repaired as soon as possible to restore the stability and safety of the home.
How to Install Seamless Gutters and Downspouts
At AquaGuard, we offer Georgia homeowners gutter installation, as well as other waterproofing and drainage solutions, so that foundation water damage isn’t a concern.
What are the benefits of having gutters installed professionally?
The primary reason why we recommend professional gutter installation is safety.
Here are a few reasons why gutters should be installed by a professional:
- OSHA standards that protect licensed gutter installation contractors.
- Gutters are very long, and runs can be anywhere from 10-100 ft., requiring multiple contractors to complete the installation.
- Gutters must be pitched correctly and at the right slope for gutters to run, adding to the complexity of the project.
- Due to how the gutters are cut, seamless gutter installation can only be done by professionals.
- More residents die from ladder falls than professionals each year, and the second leading cause of accidental deaths is slips and falls.
Gutter Installation Q&A
95% of our gutter installation projects take no longer than a day, with most taking just ¾ of a working day. However, larger homes could take 2-3 days depending on their size.
We prefer that our clients be home for the entire job as we will want to go over the project with you in full and ensure you are satisfied with our work upon completion. However, we understand busy schedules, so we try to be as flexible as possible for the homeowners we serve.
It’s common for roofing companies to offer gutter installation as part of their collective services. However, gutters are actually more related to your foundation than they are your roof. At AquaGuard, we offer gutter installation to Georgia homeowners because we take a holistic approach to foundation repair and protection. If we provide foundation repair, we also want to provide the services that will target the issue at its root cause.
Absolutely. Especially in Georgia, if a homebuyer sees a home without gutters, they will probably assume the home has incurred water damage. And that’s not a wrong assumption. In fact, the number one cause of foundation damage is inadequate drainage. Gutter installation is crucial for your home’s water management system and extremely valuable in Georgia where intense, heavy rains are common.
The cost of your gutter installation can be affected by many variables, including gutter material, gutter type, house size, number of downspouts, and number of corners. At AquaGuard, we install a complete, covered gutter system called GutterShutter™. The GutterShutter™ system includes the gutter system itself, gutter protection, and gutter drainage to properly divert water away from your home’s foundation, keeping your home and family safe for years to come. To learn more, visit our gutter installation cost page.
Usually, gutters are installed directly onto the fascia board. However, some homes were built without fascia boards—most likely with the intent of never installing gutters. Though this is uncommon in Georgia, if it’s an obstacle you think you might be facing, call AquaGuard today! We can discuss your options and offer a free inspection to assess your current roof and gutter situation.
Technically, gutters should be installed at ¼ in. per foot of slope, but it can vary because homes settle. When installing gutters, we take two things into account—aesthetics and functionality. We want your gutter system to both look good and work properly, so we may suggest adding an additional downspout to achieve this.
Diverting your water away from your home underground is not only the best way to keep your home protected against water intrusion or structural settlement or wall damage from improperly-channeled roof water, but it provides a much cleaner aesthetic than simply running an extension or splash guard at the base of your gutters.
Our GutterShutter™ system is a six-inch gutter system. The larger the gutter, the more volume of water it can handle—especially in short bursts. Narrower gutters will work fine for light, steady rain.. However, in Georgia, we get heavy rainfall and strong storms throughout the year, so we want our gutter systems to capture and divert rainwater away as quickly as possible, at maximum capacity. The downside of having a larger gutter is there is a higher chance of catching debris, which is why it’s so important to have a full gutter protection system.
Installing gutters can be extremely difficult, especially for two-story homes. We care about your health and safety—because of this, we advise all of our clients to opt for professional gutter installation.