Have you ever bought a home without a gutter system?
If your answer is yes, you probably already know the annoyance of not having one. Rain gutters are an essential addition to any roofing system. They direct the water that falls from your roof away from the foundation of your home, helping to keep it dry and structurally sound. And since gutters are so important, it is imperative that you choose the right ones for your home. There are many factors to consider when installing a new gutter system – such as style, materials, and guards. With a little knowledge about what is available in the market, you can choose just the right gutters for your home.
How do I choose a gutter system?
When selecting a gutter system, you need to consider which style and material will work best for you, your home, and your budget.
The gutter materials include:
- Aluminum – The most commonly used gutter material, aluminum, is available in traditional or seamless varieties.
- Copper – A beautiful choice for historic homes, copper rails are incredibly durable. They are also more expensive and difficult to install.
- Steel – Galvanized steel rails are also a more expensive option, but can be painted to match your home. Like copper, they are durable and resistant.
- Vinyl – A very affordable trough option. They are often used by homeowners who want to replace their own system. While they are easy to install, its lightweight nature often leads to wear faster and sagging.
The gutter styles include:
- Style K – A K-type chute consists of a flat bottom and back with decorative front – which is intended to mimic the crown molding. K-type gutters can hold significantly more water than half-turns and are also considerably less expensive. Most current home constructions use this type of gutter system.
- Half-turn – This type of chute has the shape of a semicircle and has rounded edges. It is often found in historic homes and is usually used when homeowners are trying to maintain the vintage feel of their home.
- Semi-round racks cost more and are not as readily available. Depending on the style of your home, however, the semi-round gutter may be the perfect fit.
Do I need a gutter guard?
A gutter guard is a screen installed over the existing gutter system that prevents debris and leaves from entering while still allowing water to flow from the roof to the gutter. If your home has drains with two or more floors, a guard system is a smart investment. This will reduce the cleaning frequency and keep you safe on the ground.
Not every trough protector is created equally, so make sure you are getting the correct product. At Budget Roofing Repair, we use beneficial and durable products that work with any type of gutter system.
Can I install gutters myself?
Even the most prominent “do-it-yourself” proponents should seriously consider the pros and cons before deciding to install their own gutter system. Although you can find the supplies at any hardware store, the work may be more significant than you might think – and gutter installations require the skill of a trained professional.
The rails should be tilted at the right angle to keep water flowing. If the edge is too sharp, the water will gush through the gutters and down the side of your house. If the field is too smooth, water will accumulate and eventually cause the channels to fall. Many gutter installations also require repairs on decaying fascia board and damaged shingles.
Experienced gutters can detect roof damage, complete jobs quickly, and ensure that channels are correctly installed.
New gutters for your home
Although purchasing a new gutter system for your home may not seem as exciting as the new dining room lighting, it will be an essential step to avoid future problems in your new home. If you are planning on taking this step, please call Budget Roofing Repair. We will guide you in choosing and installing the best gutter system to protect your most significant asset: your home.
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