A common and often overlooked part of the home roofing system is the gutter. The gutter is essential as it helps move water off the roof and helps protect against water damage and intrusion. Finding expert gutter installation companies in your local area can be a great way to get the assistance you need with your gutter. Of all the types out there, aluminum is by far the most common and most affordable. So, finding a local provider who offers aluminum gutter supplies and services can be a great place to start.
These professionals can help with cleaning processes to keep your aluminum gutters and downspouts clear and in good working order. Whether you have a simple setup or have gone with aluminum gutters that look like copper or something even fancier, professional contractors will know how to take care of your gutter system.
Aside from installation and basic care, there may be other services and options you can take advantage of when it comes to maintenance. Things like aluminum pigmented gutter seals and waterproofing coatings are becoming more popular. Be sure to talk to your contractor about these kinds of services as well!
Springtime is here, which means it’s time for spring rains. If you haven’t already done so, this is the time of year for repairing or installing gutters so you won’t have problems with flooding in your home and yard. Getting your gutters right is an investment in the future (water damage isn’t cheap to fix), so you’ll almost certainly want to hire a professional gutter installation company. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be informed as to the process and how best to handle it. Here are five tips that can guide better guttering at affordable prices:
- Choose the Right Diameters
Gutters and downspouts come in a variety of shapes and diameters. The standard for residential homes is a K-style gutter, usually about 5 inches across. But if you get quite a lot of rain in your area, you may want to talk to your contractor about going with a half-round aluminum gutter or something along those lines, instead. Also remember that if multiple gutters lead to a single downspout, that downspout will need to have a greater capacity than each individual gutter to keep the water from backing up, spilling over and potentially damaging your home’s roof and siding.
- Take a Look at Your Trees
Before you make a final decision on your guttering materials, you should also take a look at the trees near your home. If you have deciduous trees (meaning their leaves fall in autumn) near the roofline, then it’s probably a good idea to upgrade to larger gutters and downspouts to avoid leaf clogs.
- Get Pitch and Placement Right
When you looked at a finished project, it looks as if gutters are installed at the edge of the roof with a constant slope. But that’s not actually true; gutters need to be placed slightly below and back from the eaves because of how water behaves when it flows down the roof. Gutters also need to have a slight slope in order to move the water through the system toward the downspouts.
- Do Roof Repairs Concurrently
If you’re already planning on hiring a company to handle your gutters this spring, you can save some money — and avoid some hassle — by choosing a company that can take a look at your roof and do any necessary repairs, as well. And if you need a completely new roof, that’s also a great time to install new gutters (since the hangers can be installed under the shingles with no damage to existing work). Installing gutters and installing a new roof at the same time is ideal.
- Create a Maintenance Plan
If you’re having new gutters put in, set aside a few moments to set up a maintenance plan, either with the company installing them or another contractor. Cleaning out gutters twice a year is vital to keeping them functioning as they should, and there’s no sense in cheaping out when you’ve just invested in a new gutter system.
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