How To Choose Gutters For Your Home
It’s important to know how to choose gutters for your home. Gutters are one of those house additions that keeps your home from moisture buildup, both on the roof as well as at the foundation of your home. Collecting rain at the roof level and directing it down and away from the base of the house keeps landscaping intact, ensures a strong foundation, and keeps moisture from building up in the roof and attic.
With all that’s at stake, what should you know about gutters?
What are the different types of gutters?
The two basic shapes of gutters are K-style gutters and half-round gutters. K-style gutters tend to be angular with the decorative appearance of molding. Half-round gutters are a curved half-circle, often used on historic homes. All gutters are 5-6 inches in width.
Gutters can be made of aluminum, copper, steel, vinyl, or zinc. Aluminum is the primary choice of material for gutters, with copper used on historic homes, and vinyl the favorite of Do-It-Yourself homeowners. Each material comes with its own set of costs, benefits, and uses.
Gutters can either be sectional or seamless. Seamless gutters begin as coils of flat metal. They are cut to the precise length of the home and are usually installed by a contractor because the installment process requires specific tools and professional expertise. Sectional gutters, on the other hand, can be purchased at the local hardware store, cut to size, and installed by the homeowner. It’s important to note that protective gear, such as a harness, is a vital asset in the installation process if this method is chosen. Of course, having one or two assistants can greatly aid in the installation process as well.
Which gutter application is best?
Seamless gutters are seam-free, unlike sectional gutters. This lack of seams means that debris like leaves or seeds have less chance of building up and clogging the gutters. Fewer clogs require fewer cleaning sessions, so the seamless gutter choice is a favorite among roofing companies and homeowners. In addition to seamless gutters, gutter guards may be a beneficial investment, so be sure to research the type that would work for your home or ask your local roofing company for help.
Does every type of roof need a gutter?
This is the point at which a roofing company comes in handy. In a perfect scenario, the original home builder followed all specifications in an optimal roof slope for drainage, a plan for water channeling, and a graded ground to send water down the street. In addition to these points, all construction and landscaping on the home performed after it was built must also have followed regulations for proper water drainage.
Many times it takes a trained eye to catch the drawbacks in your yard and home so that you can choose gutters appropriate to your home. If you haven’t gotten an inspection in the last year, call your local roofing company to perform a thorough inspection.
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