Why are gutters so important?
Water will always follow the path of least resistance and quality gutters will save you thousands of dollars in home repairs by channeling water into non-destructive paths. They prevent backsplash which damages or soils siding, as well as eliminating washouts, erosion, ice patches from roof runoff and flooded basements. Additionally, properly installed gutters enhance the curb appeal of your home.
What are my options?
Gutters and downspouts come in many colors, although it is important to note that a non-refundable deposit may be required for colors that are special ordered. But if you have a desire to satisfy your decorative flair, there are plenty of options to satisfy your tastes.
Why are seamless gutters better?
Seamless gutters tend to be very reasonably priced because the price includes installation. It is actually more reasonable to have them professionally installed than to try to do it yourself because it is not cost effective for a company to drive to your location, measure and cut the gutters, and simply leave them for the do it yourselfer.
How do I know that it is time to replace my gutters?
Mold, peeling paint or streaks on your home’s exterior may be a sign that your gutters are leaking and may need to be replaced or repaired.
Weight from clogs and debris can cause a gutter to pull away from a house or sag and this can cause water to leak behind the gutter, causing damage. If gutters are not sloped properly they may not channel water into the downspouts.
Another indicator that your gutters aren’t doing their job is if your basement is damp or there are cracks in the foundation. Gutters can clog and force the water to overflow over the sides thus causing water to accumulate around your foundation.
Why are my gutters overflowing?
The primary reason that gutters overflow is because the gutter is clogged. It may not look it from the ground, but in the vast majority of cases, a properly designed gutter system only overflows because of blockage. It is important to check to make sure that gutters are not clogged before calling in for warranty issues.
Check the gutter itself, the downspout and the elbows. If you are unable to determine the reason for the overflow, we can come out and check it for you but no one can control the unpredictability of environmental issues.
If cleaning your gutter is not something you want to bother with, we recommend a gutter protection system as a practical alternative that will greatly minimize maintenance requirements.
Do gutter protection systems provide a worthwhile benefit?
Gutter protection systems are “insurance” for your home. They are a proven solution to avoiding costly repairs caused by water that is not properly channeled because of blockage. You have to decide how much it is worth to you to avoid ladders and the ritual aggravation of cleaning your gutters. If you have avoided doing this, you are inviting trouble.
Clogged gutters impair water flow and can be worse than having no gutters at all. If you do not have the time or ability to clean your gutters and perform regular maintenance, then you will want the protection of gutter guards of some sort.
Gutter guards help prevent clogs from birds’ nests, debris, plant life and other pests from accumulating in your gutters. Overall, gutter covers will save you time and aggravation and they are immeasurably more convenient than climbing ladders and frequently cleaning the gutters yourself.
Can you install a gutter protection system on existing gutters?
Generally, we can install gutter protection systems on existing aluminum seamless gutters. It is important that your existing gutters are in excellent condition, meaning no sagging, bending or leaking; otherwise it is not practical to install the gutter protection system.
What is the difference between seamless and sectional gutter systems?
Sectional types are sold in pieces that measure from 10- to 22-feet long. They are made out of vinyl, painted aluminum or even pre-painted steel. The gutter sections are joined together by various types of connectors. All sectional systems have end caps, corner pieces and drop outlets for connecting to downspouts. The downside of sectional gutter systems is that there is a potential for leaks at the seams that is aggravated by weather over time. Seamless gutters are the most popular form of guttering for a reason. They eliminate seams which can leak and tend to discolor. There are numerous colors available and the baked on enamel finish does not peel and never needs painting. Seamless gutters protect the beauty of your home and help minimize damage to your landscaping. Manufacturing them right on the job site provides a custom fit.