Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 by Michael Fortenberry
You don’t need to be a professional residential roofing contractor to understand how critical gutters are for your roof. Gutters allow the roof to channel rainwater away from the roof deck and into a safe drainage site. Water penetration is the number one problem facing almost all types of roofing system and your gutters and downspouts are absolutely essential in keeping your roof safe from any water-related damage.
As water flows through the troughs of your gutters, however, you might ask yourself, where does this water go? Where is it supposed to go? You certainly don’t want it draining directly into your foundations where it could cause massive structural problems. Let our roofing specialists at Fortenberry Roofing show you how to properly plan the water flow in your gutters and downspouts.
Ask your local residential roofing company about using a rain barrel to collect the runoff from your roof. These barrels are positioned directly at the end of the rain spouts, gathering the water for future use. This water can then be used to water your garden or even as redirected into your plumbing for non-essential use such as flushing toilets. The drawback here is the limited capacity of barrels, requiring constant emptying during particularly heavy downpours.
Drainage pits are built into the ground, which means they are mostly invisible. This makes them ideal for homes who don’t want the pit to affect their curb appeal. However, talk to your roofing contractor first before building a drainage pit as there are usually local ordinances that regulate drainage pit construction.
Lastly, consider installing a rainwater collection system alongside your next roof replacement project. These are an upgraded version of rain barrels that include self-filtration mechanisms that can allow you to recycle and reuse any rainwater you collect.
Explore the many rainwater drainage options you have for your gutters with our experts at Fortenberry Roofing. Give us a call at 1-844-701-0599 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate on gutter or roofing services today. We serve homeowners in Hereford and Lubbock, TX.
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