Benefits of Installing Gutters on Your New Garage
Whether you’re adding a new garage to your property or you’re updating your existing garage, protecting the structure against various forms of environmental damage is critical. In the Twin Cities, where average annual precipitation hovers around 30 inches, a persistent concern for residential construction is water damage protection. At Sussel Garages, we know that one of the most effective forms of water damage protection garage owners can implement is a robust gutter system, and below, we’re outlining why.
Protection Against Foundation Damage
Without gutters, every drop of runoff from your garage’s roof falls directly outside the structure’s foundation. As water continually penetrates the ground around your garage in the same location, it eventually develops a minor trench, which gradually pushes soil away from the garage.
Unfortunately, as soil moves further away from the building, water gradually seeps closer to the foundation. Eventually, water can accumulate so close to the foundation that it penetrates the concrete, weakening it. A foundation continually exposed to water compromises the structural integrity of the entire garage, which is not only hazardous to garage users but also presents a significant repair expense.
A properly designed and installed gutter system efficiently collects roof runoff and directs it away from your garage’s foundation, protecting the integrity of the structure. As part of your custom garage plan, you can have your garage builders design and implement a robust gutter system for maximum foundation protection.
Prevent Landscaping Damage & Soil Erosion
Landscaping around your garage is a great way to boost your home’s curb appeal, but don’t expect that landscaping to last if you don’t have gutters. Without gutters, rainwater and snowmelt fall directly on the ground around your garage, damaging delicate plants and shifting the soil around them.
Depending on the extent of precipitation, even a single thunderstorm could potentially wipe out hours of landscaping design and installation work. With gutters, however, your garage builders can design the drainage system to direct water away from landscaping beds and loose soil, where it can efficiently flow toward a designated drainage system.
Garage Siding Protection
If you’ve invested in high-quality garage siding, you want it to stand the test of time, right? Unfortunately, even the most robust siding can suffer damage due to frequent water exposure, making gutters a critical installation. What can happen to your siding without gutters?
● Mold and mildew can develop and proliferate beneath siding panels
● Siding may rot over time (material dependent)
● Peeling, cracking, or swelling paint
● Water damage to soffit and fascia
● Warping (material dependent)
Gutters effectively prevent siding water damage by directing roof runoff away from the exterior walls of your garage. If you’re not ready to invest hundreds (possibly thousands) of dollars in siding repair, installing gutters on your garage is one of the best ways to protect your investment.
Ready to Get Started on Your Custom Garage Plan? Contact Sussel Garages Today
At Sussel Garages, we’ve proudly served over 50,000 Twin Cities homeowners since 1915, and we’re ready to serve you, too! When you partner with our garage builders on your custom project, our number one goal is your complete satisfaction, and we won’t settle until we’ve achieved it. Whether you’re looking for a fully custom garage plan or you’d like to update your existing structure, we’re here to help you bring your vision to life.
To learn more about our services or to schedule an estimate, please give our team a call at 651-645-0331 (St. Paul) or 612-379-0949 (Minneapolis). You can also get in touch with us via our contact form, and a member of our team will be in contact with you promptly