Gutters aren’t exactly sexy, but they certainly are a necessary part of your overall home health. Without gutters, or gutters in good repair, you will see plenty of damage to your roof and your walls. If you’re in the market for new gutters, it’s helpful to have information about the options available before you get started. Here are just a few things you need to know before shopping for gutters.
What Materials are Best?
There are several materials to choose from when you buy gutters. Some are specifically related to seamless or sectional, which will be cover below. But the basics that you need to know about the types of material are metal or vinyl. With metal, the most common seems to be aluminum, but gutters can also come in painted steel, copper, or even iron.
Vinyl gutters are also very common but generally sectional rather than extruded and seamless like many of the metal varieties. They may also be made out of different plastics such as PVC.
Before you decide, we recommend that you speak with a gutter expert about the options and what is best for our long winters and northern climate.
Should You do Sectional or Seamless?
Seamless gutters, generally made from metal such as aluminum, will only have joints at corners. Otherwise, it will be one long piece extending the length of your home. This will help your gutters do their job and prevent water from damaging your roof or your walls.
With sectional gutters, the lengths are assembled. This makes the entire process cheaper, but it does increase the risk of leaks, especially over time.
The decision between the two will likely be cost, which will vary greatly based on the architecture of your home.
How Do Downspouts Work?
The downspout from your gutter is what carries water away from your home to prevent damage. It will extend from your gutters vertically down to the ground usually with a directional curve to carry water away from your home’s foundation. There may even be a concrete block, called a splash block, to prevent erosion of the soil around your home.
The downspout will be made from the same materials as your gutter system.
How Can The System Affect Yard Drainage?
If your gutters are working well and your downspout is positioned correctly, you will not have any problems with your system causing flooding in your yard or even into your foundation. However, there are many factors that can increase the potential risk. If your yard slopes toward your home, for example, there may be an additional need for extra water management.
You can consult an expert to learn more about your options.
How Can You Keep Debris from Building Up?
Gutters can clog and increase the potential for water damage. There are a variety of guard products available on the market that will help keep debris from building up. They all have their own pros and cons, so do the research before selecting an option.
In the meantime, you should also do regular maintenance on your gutter system. Depending on the height of your home and the accessibility to your gutters, you can clean them yourself if you maintain the right safety precautions. However, there are plenty of professional cleaning services with great reputations in our area that you can hire once a year to help keep your gutters clean and in good repair.