Today, many builders appreciate the importance of maintaining rooftop gutter and downspout systems to help protect basements and foundations from the impact of rainwater runoff. Yet surprisingly, homes in this region sometimes lack one of the most important components: the concrete splash blocks. Ask We Do Concrete Cheap to construct custom splash blocks for your property in Northern North Carolina or Southern Virginia.
As a company which creates many stylish outdoor improvements, our firm frequently assists people seeking highly tailored products. Homeowners usually obtain replacement residential gutters through roofing companies. Yet many property owners sometimes fail to appreciate the vital importance of maintaining the splash blocks in good condition! This brief article will discuss these concrete features, and explain why you might benefit by installing custom splash blocks on your property rather than opting for prefabricated ones sold through hardware and building stores.
An Overview of Residential Gutter Systems
Anyone who witnessed the devastation wrought by tropical storm systems impacting parts of the Atlantic Coast last year certainly appreciates the need to perform effective basement waterproofing in this region! Heavy downpours easily create waterlogged yards. One of the most important defenses against water seeping into basement areas actually involves the roofing system. High volumes of rainwater often land on rooftops during the course of a single 24-hour period.
To make certain rain won’t flow directly from the roof and pour over the eaves, most builders currently prefer to install roofs which include attached high-quality rooftop gutters and downspouts. Roofing contractors frequently apply these systems for them. Aluminum or steel gutter pipes extending beside the eaves help collect water from rain and melting snow. They ensure this material won’t land around the perimeter of the residence, splattering windows and building exteriors along the way. Without a rooftop gutter system, many residential exteriors would require more frequent cleaning. Homes sometimes encounter a greater risk of developing waterproofing problems in the absence of rooftop gutters: water drains from the roof and saturates soil surrounding the home. In some locations, it may begin seeping into basements follow heavy downpours.
Downspouts And Splash Blocks: Important Channels
When rain drains off the roof into a rooftop gutter, the pipe relays the flow to one (or more) downspouts. These metal structures usually extend downwards along the corners of the residence. Ideally, they help channel the draining water onto horizontal concrete splash blocks positioned beneath the open spouts. A typical concrete splash block resembles a rectangular grey concrete block with a hollowed depression in the interior and one open end. It should direct rooftop runoff away from the building. Some older homes use stone blocks that allow draining water to simply splatter over the surface.
Unfortunately, some properties either (1) lack splash blocks entirely (a significant problem), or (2) fail to possess sufficiently long splash blocks to provide much basement waterproofing protection. The splash blocks perform an important role by preventing heavy water flows from creating unsightly ruts and soggy patches in the ground beneath the downspouts. They also carry the runoff away from the home.
Consider Requesting Custom Concrete Splash Blocks
The concrete splash blocks sold at most retail outlets fail to extend much beyond a foot or a foot and a half in most cases. (Manufacturers who produce these items often ship them considerable distances. Since prefabricated concrete weighs more than many other materials, manufacturers usually save money by creating shorter rather than longer splash blocks.) Placing short splash blocks end-to-end really won’t offer a good solution because water can still seep into the ground where the blocks adjoin one another.
If you would like to prevent rooftop runoff from soaking into the yard near your home, obtaining longer concrete splash blocks often provides a great solution. You can ask We Do Concrete Cheap to construct these items for you at your location. We create a variety of useful landscaping improvements. Let us help you extend your splash blocks to an effective length. Simply tell us the desired dimensions of your customized splash blocks!
Obtain Decorative Splash Blocks
We possess the capabilities to help you obtain highly tailored splash blocks, in fact. If you prefer, we’ll even include decorative elements in these items. Our firm frequently produces concrete with ornate patterns, designs, textures, and colors. We’ll gladly work with you to help create attractive extended splash blocks to enhance your home’s rooftop gutter system and waterproofing features.
We Do Concrete Right assists people in the Greater Raleigh Area by providing many different elegant landscaping items. We help create lovely patios, driveways, sidewalks, outdoor kitchens, pools, and more. Contact us for assistance at 919-454-3927. We look forward to speaking with you soon!