Four Ways To Choose The Right Gutters
Rain gutters play an important role in your roof’s drainage system. They protect your home’s siding, windows, doors and foundation from incurring water damage. Rain gutters handle runoff from the roof and keep it away from your house. If you’re in the market for new gutters, you may not know which ones to choose. Here are four ways to pick the right gutters for your home:
Gutters come in different materials, such as aluminum, copper, steel or galvanized steel, zinc and vinyl. Aluminum and vinyl gutters are popular choices because they look the best, can match your home’s siding, aren’t prone to corrosion and are durable. Zinc and copper, although they look fine will eventually rust. Steel or galvanized steel gutters tend to be the heaviest of the bunch and aren’t usually recommended.
Larger gutter systems do cost more but they are worth the price difference since they rarely clog. If you have trees close to your house, you should spend more on a larger system. Overhanging trees come with branches and leaves that will find their way into your gutter system. Also, larger gutters are easier to clean. Spend more on gutters now and save money later.
Gutters need to be attached to your home’s eaves through straps, brackets or hangers. You can choose between sectional or seamless construction. If you are purchasing your own gutters to be installed by yourself they’ll be sold in 10-foot sections and need to be linked with snap-in connectors. These gutters are fine in the interim but eventually they do leak. It’s better to get a professional to install seamless gutters because they are not prone to leaks due to their makeup. Because they only have seams at their corners, hence their name, seamless gutters are probably your best bet.
- DIY vs. professional
When choosing rain gutters you will also need to figure out if you will be installing them yourself or if you will have a professional do it. Ideally, you will not undertake such a task and will leave it to an expert. Installation will cost you more; however, you don’t have to worry about doing it on your own. If you don’t know how to install rain gutters you run the risk of not only getting seriously injured but also making mistakes that will lead to leaks.
The right rain gutters can last 10-15 years. For more information about our gutter installation services, contact us today.