Are the gutters on your home damaged or aged? If so, you are probably planning a new gutter installation. Perhaps you have not taken the time to look at other areas around your home to determine whether you may need or want more than gutters. Splash blocks are an accessory that you could benefit from including with your gutter installation. Many homeowners do not have splash blocks installed and when they get new gutters, they fail to realize the benefits of including this alternative accessory. The following points will help you to understand why splash blocks could be the right accessory for your new gutter installation.
What are splash blocks?
Splash blocks are accessories to rain gutters that can be made from concrete or plastic. They drain water away from the foundation of properties. They are important because excess water that is allowed to sit/settle around foundations can cause foundation issues, including cracking. During light rains, intact gutters can likely channel water away from properties without the presence of splash blocks. However, heavy rains and storm seasons can make this more difficult. This is why it is sensible to install splash block in advance to prepare for any potential inclement weather.
What happens if splash blocks are not present?
Heavy rains or water coming down your downspouts will make contact with dirt. This creates mud, which will likely splash on the siding of your home. This can mean that you have to do unnecessary cleaning. Even if you have the time, pressure washing your siding could damage it over time. Damaged siding is susceptible to extreme damages, such as mold growth on building materials.
Do splash blocks serve any other purposes?
Yes. If you are concerned about your home's aesthetic appearance, you will appreciate that there are various styles of splash block. Some of them can even be customized. This means that you can have a beneficial gutter accessory that does not distract from your home's beauty.
A gutter installation professional is a good resource to use to learn about additional ways you can get the most out of your new gutter system. They can offer you specific feedback on splash blocks, too. Perhaps you have a unique idea for your new gutters' appearance. These professionals can ensure that your gutters and splash blocks complement each other, which can make your property look amazing and add to your property value and curb appeal.