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Gutters are important because they protect your home from moisture
damage. They consist of metal channels that are attached to the
edges of a roof. These channels are used to draw water down and away
from the house and its foundation. Generally, gutters consist of
gutter sections, drop outlets and downspouts. They can be
constructed of aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl (PVC), wood or
Without gutters, heavy rain fall causes water to sit on your roof
and parade down your walls, leaving permanent damage. You will start
to notice cracking in your paint and damages to your siding. Heavy
rain can also lead to windows swelling and decay overtime.
Several things should be taken into consideration with gutters.
First of all, the size of your gutter should be designed to
accommodate to the volume of water that your home receives.
Investing in a gutter that is too small will be a poor decision
because it will not function properly and will lead to more damages.
Half round, square and “K” style (Ogee) gutter systems are the most
common designs for residential use. “K” style gutters tend to be
more decorative. When it comes to the décor of your gutters, there
are an unlimited variety of colors and styles to choose from. The
difficult decision rest with what type of material you want your
gutter to be made from.
Aluminum: Very durable, rust resistant material that can hold heavy
rain fall. They are moderately priced. Prices will raise the thicker
the metal is, but thickness will ensure that it lasts longer and
carries consistency. Aluminum tends to dent easily so be careful
when resting ladders up against it.
Galvanized Steel: Tend to be the most economical. They are very
durable and reasonably priced. GS may result in rust issues.
Stainless steel gutters are rust free.
PVC Gutters: Made from un-plasticized polyvinyl chloride. Structure
is lighter, requires less maintenance, easy to repair, and does not
require a paint job. Extremely hot climates may cause PVC gutters to
become brittle and crack.
Copper: Copper gutters are very durable, rust resistant, and easy to
maintain. They tend to be more expensive because they can be custom
designed, opening up much creativity. Copper requires specialize
In addition to the different designs, shapes and materials, you must
also take maintenance and repairs into consideration. Obviously the
best way to avoid problems with your gutters is to make sure that
leaves and other debris are always cleared from your gutters. Test
gutters with a hose to see if there are any obstructions in the
downspouts. Also, investing in gutter guards is always an option.
Depending upon what material your gutters are made of will determine
the ways in which to repair them. For instance, leaks in metal
gutters can usually be fixed by gutter caulk. Most hardware stores
also carry gutter repair kits that will help you make repairs