Although you might not spend a lot of time thinking about your home’s rain gutter system, it is a crucial part of keeping your household in good working order. Without functional gutters, you could experience a host of issues, such as mold infestations, collapsed areas of your roof, and serious leaks. Whether you’ve noticed a problem with your gutters recently or you are simply doing research to prep for the future installation of a new rain gutter system, understanding how to shop for this type of product is key. As you continue reading, you’ll find a number of tips that will make it as easy as possible for you to choose the best gutters for your home.
Are there different gutter sizes?
The short answer to this question is “Yes.” There is, however, more to it than just choosing a size and being done. In addition to coming in different sizes, gutters have multiple profiles; this refers to the shape of the channel itself. Standard gutter channels are sold in 4-inch, 5-inch, and 6-inch diameters, while downspouts are available in 2×3-inch and 3×4-inch varieties. In regard to profiles, “U” shapes and “K” shapes are the most common today. If you have questions about what diameter and profile you should choose for your house, talk to a qualified contractor.
Who should install my new gutter system?
Generally speaking, unless you have prior experience putting in gutters yourself, you should have any new residential gutter system professionally installed. This way, you can trust that the installation process will be done correctly and you won’t have to worry about problems occurring later. Furthermore, expert contractors generally install seamless gutter systems, which offer a variety of benefits. The primary perk of these systems is that they do not have any joints, which frequently lead to leaks. Furthermore, they look nicer than systems that require seams to function.
Seamless gutters can be made from multiple materials, but are typically crafted from some sort of metal. Aluminum gutters are extremely popular thanks to their relatively affordable price and resistance to rust. Steel gutters tend to last longer than aluminum, but cost more. Copper gutters are the most costly option on the market, but typically survive for the entire lifetime of a home without being replaced!
Vinyl gutters are another option that are rising in popularity. Some of these rain gutter systems are designed in kits to be installed by homeowners, while others are meant to be professionally installed. If you choose a do-it-yourself option and become confused, though, never hesitate to contact a professional in your area of North Carolina or South Carolina. Admitting you don’t know what to do next is much better than having improperly installed gutters.
If you believe the time has come for your gutters to be professionally inspected and potentially replaced, don’t put the project off. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that a severe issue will arise, ultimately costing you more money and resulting in additional stress. Letting Hatch Homes handle your gutter project now will save you a lot of headaches in the future! We look forward to speaking with you soon.