Gutters-- You Will Need To Know

2023-04-25 11:39

Gutters – The Importance of Proper Installation

Gutters might be one of the things you think about the least in your home, but it’s one of the most important aspects of a complete exterior system. Finding the right type of gutter system, be it vinyl or aluminum, to fit your homes’ needs as well as maintaining it might not be at the forefront of your project list but it is a necessity.
Gutters direct water from your roof. When they fail, the water has no place to go, which can lead to structural damage and can even cause leaks inside your home. Gutters also help keep water away from walkways, and patios-nobody wants to get drenched walking out to the driveway!  They also protect decks and doors from excessive water damage, and divert water away from the foundation to prevent sinking and cracking. Needless to say, without the proper system installed, your foundation, your roof and your basement can sustain damages.

A properly installed gutter system will include seamless gutters on every sloped roof edge to prevent any leakage. Gutters should not leak or hold standing water, be securely attached to the fascias, and should have downspouts that are firmly fastened to the exterior of the house.
Professional Installation
There are plenty of home improvement projects, such as landscaping and painting, that you can tackle on your own, but replacing gutters isn’t one of them. When installed incorrectly, gutters can crack or pull away from the home, making them ineffective at protecting the structure of your house. It’s always best to let the professionals handle the job.
When it comes to answering the question “How long do gutters last?,” professionally installed gutters typically last years longer than DIY projects. Working with experienced gutter installers can help you save both time and money in the long run.
Regular Maintenance
Proper maintenance is also a crucial element in ensuring your gutters last longer. Most roofing experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least two to four times a year, depending on how many trees you have in your yard. Fortunately, there are effective gutter guard systems available today that can eliminate the need for seasonal cleaning.
Is It Time to Replace Your Gutters?
One of the easiest ways to tell if it’s time to replace your gutters is to take a walk around your home in the rain. If you notice any cracks or leaks, or if your gutters are overflowing or not flowing at all, it’s likely time to replace your gutters. Sagging gutters, nearby watermarks, and chipping paint around the gutters also point to the need for gutter replacement.

You may also want to invest in replacing gutters to complete an exterior home remodeling project, improve the property value, or eliminate the need for regular gutter cleaning.
What Types of Gutters Are Available?
In addition to different types of gutter materials, there are two basic styles of gutters: seamed and seamless. Today, seamless gutters are by far the most popular option. The lack of seams in these gutters reduces the risk of leaf and debris buildup.
You can also opt for a gutter guard system. These gutter systems include a hood over the gutter that filters out leaves and other types of debris known to cause blockages or clogs.
Additionally, you can select from a wide range of colors for your new gutters. This allows you to find a color that matches or complements your home’s exterior.

Contact Bros. Roofing today to learn more about replacing your gutters.

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