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Why Install Gutters?

Installing rain gutters is something that is very important. As a matter of fact, it cannot be expressed how important it is that you have a gutter system on your home. If you don’t have one, you’re looking at a plethora of problems. Unfortunately, this is something that is overlooked by a lot of homeowners because they are simply one of those things that sort of function on their own, making it easy to forget that they need to stay in tip top shape, and that new ones are installed when the existing ones need to be replaced.

What will happen?

If you don’t install a rain gutter system on your home when you build it or install a new system when your existing one is in disrepair, you’re looking at a lot of issues. Here is a list of some of the problems you may encounter:

* A gutter system that is not in good shape can cause water to run underneath the shingles on the roof. This can cause roof damage to occur. This is also an issue when it snows, so it is important that you have a rain gutter in place for when the snow melts.

* A home without a gutter system will have water running down the side of the house. This means that the water can get underneath siding if the home is sided. This also means that erosion can occur in some places. For example, a brick home may encounter erosion and there is the fact that a “rusting” effect can occur.

* The foundation can become damaged. When the foundation has large amounts of water running against it for long periods, cracks start to form.

* Without gutters in place, you literally have a moat around your house. This is not good news for you if you have a basement. The basement can easily flood if there are any cracks in your foundation.

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to have a rain gutter system in place. The water will drain off of your home in a nice and neat manner. You won’t have to worry about flooding around your home, a leaky basement, or a suffering roof.

The Cost?

Luckily, gutters are not very expensive. It does depend on what kind you buy because there are various materials used to make gutters. You have aluminum, copper, and vinyl to choose from. Each material has its pros and its cons, so it is important for you to figure out which is best for you and your home.

But even if cost is an issue, it is important to keep in mind that the cost to repair damage to your home will always exceed the cost of having a rain gutter system installed on your home. It is better to be safe than sorry because sorry can be quite expensive. Being safe means that you will be keeping your money where it belongs and that is in your pocket.

FAQs

What Are Seamless Gutters?

Seamless rain gutters are just as the name implies - seamless. There isn't a break in the gutter.

How do seamless gutters differ from sectional gutters?

Since there is no seam, there are no leaks. This is why they are the most popular type of gutter today. The only seams are at inside and outside corners.

Seamless gutters are usually made from aluminum, but they can be made from copper. They are made with a seamless gutter machine that is brought to your home by the gutter contractor. Each individual gutter is customized to fit your home.

With a conventional sectional gutter system there are many sections of guttering all pieced together by snap-in-place connectors. Over time these sections form leaks in the seams and can cause wood rot behind the gutter.

What are the advantages of seamless gutters?

Advantages of seamless rain gutters:

  • Greatly reduces the possibility of leaks
  • Eliminates unsightly seams
  • Baked on enamel finish never needs painting
  • Formed on the job for exact measurements
  • All jobs completed in one day
  • Protects the beauty of your home
  • Many colors to choose from

When is it necessary to replace gutters?

If the exterior of your house has mold or peeling paint, it could be a sign that your gutters need fixing or replacing. Snow and ice can build up within the gutters, causing damage or leaks to the home. (It is a myth that gutters cause ice buildup - instead it is caused by heat escaping too quickly from your home.)

Clogged downspouts and debris in gutters can cause them to pull away or sag from the home. They may not be pitched correctly, leaving standing water that attracts insects and mold.

When it comes to keeping leaves out of your gutters and downspouts, there is no reason to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to solve this common problem. There are many new and expensive gimmicks on the market today.

Other signs that the gutters may not be working correctly are cracks in the foundation of the house or water in the basement. Clogged gutters can cause water buildup, forcing it to overflow and causing water buildup around the foundation.

In any of these situations, getting a gutter professional to assess the problem is the best step you can take to correcting your problem.

Do gutters cause ice build-up?

Ice that continually freezes in gutters can be a pain in the neck for homeowners. Once ice has clogged the gutter or the drainpipe, thawing causes water to overflow the gutter, and subsequent freezing can lead to roof damage and dangerous ice patches on the ground. Understanding what causes ice build up is the first step in solving the problem.

The main cause of ice build up on the roof has to do with Poor Attic Insulation. Heat escaping through the roof of the house melts the bottom of the snow that is on the roof. This melted snow trickles down until it reaches the edge of the roof. When it reaches the gutter, it is no longer warmed by the heat from the house and it freezes into ice. This process can eventually build up large amounts of ice on and around the gutter.

Other reasons for ice build-up are blocked drainpipes or improperly placed gutters.