How Good Are Your Gutters?
Most homes have gutters and downspouts but still sustain damage because of various problems. For example, gutters that frequently clog with leaves, twigs and other debris will overflow, spilling water everywhere. Gutters can be pitched improperly or be undersized for the roof areas they drain. In some situations, downspout extensions may be necessary to direct runoff farther away from the house. Aesthetic considerations are also important. Old gutters and downspouts that are dented or damaged detract from a home’s appearance.
Well Maintained Gutters Help Protect Your Home From Water Damage
Gutters and downspouts are important for the health and well-being of your house. By directing roof runoff away from your foundation walls, this drainage system is your first line of defense against basement or crawl space flooding.
A well-functioning gutter and downspout system preserves your topsoil and protects exterior siding and trim from backsplash water that can damage paint and cause wood rot.
The experts at Home Exteriors can install quality gutters that will provide effective roof drainage year round!
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Things to Consider When Choosing Gutters & Downspouts
Because older gutters & downspouts can be difficult and costly to repair, many homeowners elect to replace old with new. Gutter and downspout choices are more varied today than ever before. The major decisions are explained below.
Custom made. An advantage of aluminum gutters is that they can be made to an exact size to fit your house. The gutter-making machine is right on the truck, ready to transform aluminum sheet material into a finished gutter profile.
Materials. Historically, gutters have been made from many different materials, including wood, steel, copper and seamless aluminum gutters. Aluminum gutters are most popular today because of their affordability, durability and color variety. However, some historic homes may deserve steel, copper gutters or even wood gutters to maintain their authentic appearance.
Color. If you want gutters in a color that matches your house, aluminum is your best choice. Most gutter specialists have access to aluminum gutter stock that can be ordered with factory-applied finishes of different hues.
Style. Different gutter “profiles” are available. Aluminum gutters are often formed in a “K” profile that includes a flat back section and a curved front. Half-round gutters can sometimes be found on older houses.
Other Considerations With Gutters & Downspouts
Size. K-style gutters come in 5-in. and 6-in. sizes. The larger size is usually specified when the roof area being drained is especially large and/or steep. An experienced gutter installer will be able to determine which size is best for your house.
Gutter guards. This popular gutter add-on prevents gutters from clogging and overflowing – a smart addition to any gutter installation.
Additional drainage options. Downspout extensions are sometimes necessary to carry roof runoff away from the house. Many of these simply extend out over the yard or garden, while others consist of buried pipe that drains to a dry well or daylight outlet.
Even if you have a trusted, favorite general remodeling contractor, it’s best to have your gutters installed by a gutter specialist or a roofing contractor who also installs gutters. Because these specialty contractors install gutters every day, they draw on extensive knowledge and installation experience. They can spot related problems such as damaged flashing or rotted fascia boards that require replacement or damaged flashing. A gutter and downspout specialist will usually get your job done quickly and economically.
In addition to gutter and downspout installation, we also offer gutter guards to keep your gutter system performing should.