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5 Factors to Consider When Installing Gutters
Gutters are integral to prevent flooding in your home during storm season as they let out all the water away from your roof and home’s foundation. However, with time your gutters may get damaged and need to be replaced. And when that happens, it can be challenging to choose the right gutter for your home. You must consider several factors, including the size, material, and budget, before installing new gutters for your home.
Here are five essential factors that you should consider when installing a new gutter system for your home.
The most crucial consideration when it comes to installing gutters is their size. Proper size will ensure that your gutters can handle the amount of downpour that happens in your region. If you have heavy rainfall opting for bigger sizes such as 6” or more would be better. The amount of steepness your roof has also played a role in the size selection. Your gutter installation contractor can help you choose the right size for your home.
You can find gutters made of various materials these days in the market, and each has its pros and cons. You need to choose the material depending on the budget you have and the durability of the material. Some of the most common ones are:
- Aluminum: It is the most common material used for gutters. It is light yet durable and offers almost all color varieties.
- Copper: Copper is less common than aluminum but can last far longer than aluminum. It has a life expectancy of 50-150 years and offers a rustic, shiny look that is a trademark of copper.
- Galvanized metal: It is a combination of steel, zinc, aluminum, other metals making it more durable than pure aluminum or steel.
Often, homeowners don’t consider the effect of gutters on their home’s curb appeal. However, the wrong choice of gutter can tarnish the beauty of your home. Therefore, consider the color and shape of your gutters before installing them. Ensure that they go well with your roofing and sidings to create eye-catching aesthetics for your house.
Fascia is the horizontal wooden or metal board under your roof to which your gutters are affixed. While replacing your old gutters, you need to inspect the fascia to check for any rotting or damage. If you notice any sign of rot, you need to replace the fascia before replacing your gutters. Otherwise, the damage will continue to grow and deteriorate your roofing entirely. You can also opt for gutters that don’t require a fascia and can be attached directly to the roof with the help of roof straps that are attached to hangers in the trenches.
All gutter systems require some amount of maintenance and cleaning to stay in good condition. But you can choose advanced systems and gutter guards that reduce the need for maintenance to the bare minimum. It will help you save a lot of time and money in the upcoming years.
About Christopher Home Improvement
If you are looking for a reputable and professional contractor to install and maintain your gutters, Christopher Home Improvement should be your one-stop destination. We are all-in-one commercial & residential roofing contractors in CT. We have served the residents and businesses of Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 16 years. Call us at 877-334-4654 or fill our contact form to get free roof repair, siding, gutter, or home window installation and repair estimate.
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