What You Should Know About Gutters
The gutters on your home are probably something you don’t think about
very often. If they are already there and doing their job, they are keeping
thousands of gallons of rain water from trailing down the side of your
house and leaving damage in its wake.
If your gutters are old and unable to do the job they were meant to do,
it’s time to start looking into whether your existing guttering
simply needs cleaned out or if new gutter installation is needed to protect
your home. Although there may not be any trees next to your house, you
may find that the reason your gutters aren’t working is from being
clogged up with leaves and other debris.
If the water isn’t being blocked by debris, old, damaged gutters
are probably to blame. Replacing your gutters will result in a better
water wicking system that is very cost-effective. While gutters are available
in a wide range of materials, from wood to fiberglass, aluminum is a flexible
option that offers a number of advantages. The metal is durable, doesn’t
rust, and requires very little maintenance. When you have professional
aluminum gutter installation in Marietta, the ends of metal guttering
can be soldered together to ensure they are leak-free.
Choose Your Style
Homeowners often make their choice in gutters to match the color and design
of their home. Aluminum gutters can be custom made to fit the house and
painted in any color wanted for a perfect match. The end result is a professionally
installed gutter that looks like it was made for your home!
All gutters are either K-style, meaning they have flat bottoms and backs
with decorative shapes that give them a similar appearance to crown molding,
or they are half-round with the appearance of a half-round tube.
K-style gutters are more modern and have double the capacity of the half-round
gutters. They also cost significantly more.
Gutter guards are placed in the top of the gutters to allow water to run
freely while catching most of the larger pieces of debris. They are an
essential part of an effective system that will also minimize maintenance.
Downspouts may be round or square, and they come in different widths, just
as gutters do. Although decorative styles are available, most are rectangular.
According to Houselogic, one downspout should be installed for every 30
to 40 linear feet of gutter. The more downspouts you install, the greater
the capacity of the gutter system will be.
How Much Gutter Is Enough?
Determining how much gutter to buy can be difficult, especially for homes
with multi-tiered roofs and numerous overlapping edges. The amount of
rainfall normally experienced in your location also figures in to the
selection of gutter style to accommodate the maximum capacity. Homeowners
could overestimate the needed capacity and end up with a too-large gutter
that is prone to developing ice, which will damage the gutter. Getting
more gutter than necessary can also add a great deal to the overall cost.
For these reasons, professional gutter installation is recommended.
Maintaining Your Gutter
Once your gutter is installed, the only maintenance you need to provide
is to occasionally check for debris or any leaks that may have developed.
Patch any holes immediately to keep water flowing away from your home
and to prevent any damage to the walls or foundation that can be caused
by excess moisture.
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