Gutters are an essential part of any home, as they help to protect the foundation from water damage. However, if you're thinking about taking out your gutters, there are a few things to consider. Removing gutters can cause rainwater to accumulate around the base of the house, potentially leading to seepage and other issues. It can also cause mold and mildew to form around windows due to water seeping through cracks.
If you're considering removing your gutters, it is possible to do so without causing any harm. However, it's important to note that the presence or absence of gutters does not cause ice accumulations. The only cause of ice dams and their leaks is a warm roof. In some cases, people who have raked their roofs to remove snow have reported that this stops ice accumulations and leaks.
For instance, a house that is almost 250 years old has no gutters in the main part, but it has strong insulation on the attic floor, good ventilation thanks to ceiling ventilation grilles and a ceiling vent at the top. This house has not had any ice accumulations or leaks from ice dams in the 49 years that it has been lived in. Before removing your gutters, it's important to take into account all of these factors and warnings. Even if you have hired professionals to replace your roof and gutters, it's still recommended that you keep an eye out for any potential problems that may arise when removing old roofs and gutters.
Contractors often damage gutters during repairs or replacement of roofs, so it's generally best to remove them before work and replace them later.