Why does my home need gutters?
Few people think of gutters until you get a big downpour and see gallons of rain pouring out of downspouts away from your home. But keeping those gallons of rainwater away from the home is precisely why you need home rain gutters. Gutters protect your roof, siding and the rest of your home from water damage and leaks, as well as from soil erosion, especially around the foundation.
Steps to Take
Here are just a few ways how home rain gutters benefit a home:
- Gutters channel water to downspouts which send the water away from the home.
- Gutters prevent water from seeping through the roof, windows and under door frames.
- Gutters protect vulnerable areas like soffit, fascia and exterior trim from water damage.
- Gutters prevent water from pooling around the foundation and landscaping and causing soil erosion.
If you want to benefit from home rain gutters but do not have them installed, you may want to consider gutter installation.
If your home has a basement, gutters can protect the basement from water seepage and damage. But, your basement may be subject to flooding and water damage from other sources. In that case, basement waterproofing may be an option you want to take.
What type of gutter is best?
When you are looking to install or replace your home rain gutters, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. To determine which type of gutter is best for your home will depend on several factors, such as your budget, the type of roofing system you have, the size of your home and the overall design of the home.
Three of the most common materials used for gutters are vinyl, aluminum and stainless steel. The types of gutters you have to choose from sectional or seamless and K-shape or half round shape. The type of gutter you choose may limit your material choice. If you want a seamless gutter, for instance, you’ll have to choose aluminum because that’s the only material currently used for seamless designs.
Vinyl and aluminum home rain gutters are generally some of the best choices, and vinyl has become very popular in the past few years, especially because they are low cost and easy to install. Vinyl, however, is prone to cracking in colder climates and if improperly installed water can begin to pool in sections.
Aluminum is also popular because it is rust-proof and can be painted to match your home’s exterior. But aluminum gutters can also get dented easily by ladders or roof foot traffic.
Professionals like those at All American Home Improvement Inc can assist you in choosing the best gutter for your home.
When should gutters be replaced?
In many cases, as with clogs, some minor repairs may need to be made from time to time, but you’ll want to replace your home rain gutters when you start seeing common problems like sagging or multiple leaks.
Gutters sag, or pull away from the house, when heavy debris or broken hangers make them lean away from the house. This could be a sign of a major problem like a rotting fascia board and a sag could cause your gutters to collapse. It’s usually time to replace your gutters if they are sagging.
Older gutters may become corroded over time and spring multiple leaks. If your gutters frequently develop leaks, it’s usually cheaper to replace the gutters than make continual leak repairs.
How long do gutters last on a house?
How long your home rain gutters will last will especially depend upon whether or not they are regularly maintained. Cleaning them is especially important to their longevity. Of course weather conditions and the type of material used will also affect the gutter’s lifespan. But, for the most part 20 years is the average lifespan for galvanized steel, aluminum and vinyl gutters.
How much does it cost to put gutters on a house?
Aluminum gutters are the most common installed and cost about $4 to $9 per linear foot. Steel gutters cost about the same, while vinyl gutters cost about $3 to $5 per linear foot. On average than an installation of 125 to 200 feet will cost anywhere between $1,050 and $2,400, not including labor costs or any additional costs like disposal.
Home Gutters and Downspouts
The gutters and downspouts work together in a home rain gutter system to keep water away from your home. The gutter channels the water to the downspout, which sends it away from the house.
Home Gutters Clean
Keeping your home gutters clean should be a regular part of maintenance. Your home gutters get clogged with leaves and debris that prevent the water from channeling down it properly. This can cause overflow and backups and possibly cause water to seep under your roofing material. That seepage can eventually lead to leaks or water damage to areas like the fascia boards, rafters or sheathing.
Heavy debris build-up can also cause your home gutters to pull away from the roof. This sag may eventually collapse and require the gutter to be replaced.
Home Inspection Gutters
If you get a home inspection, especially if you get a roof inspection, make sure the inspection covers your home rain gutters. An inspection will help you determine if your gutters need to be cleaned or repaired or replaced and the inspector may be able to make recommendations for repairs.
Have home rain gutters in Long Island and Farmingdale, NY. In need of repair or replacement? Want to install home rain gutters? Then give the professionals at All American Home Improvement Inc a call at (516) 986-3979.