Replacing Gutters On Your House

Replacing Gutters On Your House

gutter companysDepending on the materials used, most gutter systems, including aluminum and steel gutters, have an expected lifespan of about 20 years as long as they have been properly installed and maintained. Copper gutter systems can last twice as long with a lifespan of fifty years or more.

Rain gutters and downspouts are necessary to carry away rainwater, and without them, dirt would be splashed onto the siding requiring constant cleaning, the soil around the foundation would erode, and most likely water could seep into the basement or crawl spaces. Gutters are rarely given a second thought until they become clogged, and overflow, or are ripped from their moorings by the weight of debris or snow. Once installed, gutter systems need periodic cleaning even when gutter guards have been fitted.

Gutter Systems Are More Commonly Installed By Professionals

gutter company near meGutter systems are more commonly installed by professionals; however, with the right materials and tools, there is no reason why you can’t do it yourself. And while you are at it, you may decide to upgrade the performance and look of the entire rainwater system.

There is a wide variety of materials and types of gutter systems to choose from. Aside from short-life vinyl options, the best options for most homeowners include rich copper, rugged steel, understated zinc, and affordable aluminum. Metal is a durable material that needs little maintenance, looks good, and can be chosen to complement the design of the home.

Gutters are attached in one of two ways: to the fascia boards that cover the rafter ends; or to the roof. Gutters hung from fascia boards are sturdier and more secure, however, if there are no fascia boards or they are covered with crown molding, your only other choice is roof mounting.