Gutter systems are an essential part of any house. Without them, a wide range of problems, including roof collapses and general rot, can wreak havoc. If you’ve never had to purchase new gutters and downspouts in the past, though, or if you just don’t know much about how gutter systems work, it’s a good idea to spend some time educating yourself. The more you know about your home’s gutters, the easier it will be for you to choose the right system for your needs when you are ready for an update. This guide will help you understand gutters, even if you are a complete novice to home renovations and repairs.
Selecting gutter systems
There are multiple gutter system options available to today’s consumers. Vinyl gutters are the most prevalent choice for modern American homeowners. This is primarily because of their durability and relative affordability. Furthermore, vinyl gutter systems are easy to install and look good on nearly any kind of home.
Aluminum gutter systems are another popular, relatively inexpensive option. The primary downside to this material is that, over time, it is likely to rust, even if it is treated. Rust is an especially major problem in coastal areas, such as Charleston, South Carolina, and North Carolina’s Outer Banks, so if you reside in regions with damp, salt air, bear this in mind.
Wood gutters are a less common choice and are typically relatively expensive. They do, however, look great on specific kinds of houses, including many historic abodes and rustic cabins. If your budget allows you to invest in wood gutters, talk to your contractor to figure out what species of wood is the best choice for your house.
Understanding gutters’ functionality
The height of your house, the slope of your roof, and a variety of other factors will dictate how exactly your new gutter system needs to be installed. A reputable installer will be able to help you understand why your gutters are being put on a certain way. If, for instance, your roof has a very steep slope, your downspouts will probably also need to be installed at a steep angle that will allow water to drain away from your foundation easily.
Recognizing that repairs may be necessary
Gutter systems work hard, no matter what climate your region of North Carolina or South Carolina experiences. If you live in a coastal area, for example, your gutters will have to handle torrential downpours and, in some cases, hurricane-force winds. If, on the other hand, you reside in a mountainous or inland area, falling leaves, ice, and snow will all be issues during the cooler months of the year.
Because gutters have to contend with a lot, they do tend to need repairs from time to time. Talk to your installation contractor about how you can care for your gutters to minimize damage and inquire about what red flags to look for as time passes.
If you are ready to have a new gutter system installed, give the team at Hatch Homes a call at your earliest convenience. Our team of expert installers will put your mind at ease and answer any questions you may have regarding the gutter installation process. We look forward to working with you in the near future!