Proper draining protects your home from all kinds of damage. First, it prevents water from spilling into the attic and ruining supports, insulation, and ceiling space. Next, draining stops moisture from cracking the base of your home’s walls. Finally, healthy draining prohibits rain from seeping into the soil around your foundation and cracking the slab. Unless you enjoy hefty bills for slab leak repair, it’s essential that your home is prepared to direct water away from the property.
What’s the most important part of that draining process? Your gutter system. Scheduling timely maintenance for your roof and knowing which gutter material is best for your home will help you enjoy lasting protection. Here’s a quick guide to assist you!
The most important part of ensuring long-lasting gutters is expert installation. That means taking accurate measurements of your roofing and fascia board, choosing a quality gutter material, assembling the gutter and attaching it. The gutters need to be inclined and sealed to ensure effective draining. There a many other steps, including cutting, sectional riveting and caulking. Any missteps during installation could lead to leaks and early repair costs.
That’s why having a professional do the work for you is generally the best solution. With a pro, you’ll notice several key benefits, such as:
- Faster installation
- More accurate measurements and cutting
- The option to install seamless gutters
- Ability to make quick adjustments
Gutter Material Options
Choosing the right gutter material for your home will guarantee your system provide better functionality and long-lasting results. The most popular materials you’ll see on the home market are aluminum, vinyl, copper, and galvanized steel.
Aluminum gutters can come in a wide variety of colors, making it easier to find the right shade for your style preference. With proper maintenance, you can expect aluminum gutters to last for 30 years or so. This is only possible because of the metal’s extreme resistance against rusting. If you choose aluminum for your gutter system, you’ll enjoy fast installation and very little maintenance.
Perks of Aluminum
- Fast Installation
- Low Maintenance
- Extreme UV Ray and Rust Resistance
- Wide Color Variety
Vinyl is an exceptionally lightweight plastic material that’s ideal for lower budget gutters. While it has a vulnerability against extreme cold, vinyl will not rust. Vinyl gutters come in sectional pieces, so you will have some seams. This plastic material is ideal for homeowners on a tighter budget, especially those living in warmer climates.
Perks of Vinyl
- Very Low-cost Material
- Immune to Rust
- Exceptionally Lightweight
- Doesn’t Ding or Dent
One of the most visually striking materials for guttering, copper provides a unique curb appeal that few alternatives can provide. As the metal ages, it develops a lovely sheen that often matches the environment. The starting material cost is considerably higher, but you’ll enjoy hardy gutters for 50+ years.
Perks of Copper
- Beautiful, Eye-grabbing Aesthetic
- Longer Life Expectancy
- Excellent Corrosion and Cracking Resistance
Galvanized Steel Gutters
Steel is a very tough metal, which is why many homeowners choose galvanized steel for their guttering. By galvanizing steel, the metal becomes much more resilient to rust. Galvanized steel will not crack due to heat, although extreme heat can cause it to warp. If you don’t mind a slightly higher price tag (when compared with aluminum) steel is a great option for your gutters.
Perks of Galvanized Steel
- Extremely Durable Against Impact Damage (Hail)
- Eligible for Seamless Installation
Managing the health of your gutters is usually a simple process. You can slow degradation by cleaning out your gutters each time leaves or dirt start to clog the drain path. This takes a mere 20 to 30 minutes. Besides keeping them clean, keep an eye open for signs of splashing or leaking. If you notice these signs of degradation, it’s likely time to call your local roofer for professional gutter repair. You’d be amazed how much simple repairs can accomplish towards protecting your home and extending the life of your gutter system.
How Long Should Gutters Last?
That depends entirely upon the materials you have for your gutter system and how well they are maintained. As we mentioned earlier, high-end copper gutters can last over 50 years. On the opposite hand, poorly managed vinyl gutters in cold environments could last for only a few years. The more seams your system has, the more maintenance it will require to prevent early gutter replacement, another reason why seamless gutters are so popular nowadays.
What are Seamless Gutters?
The term is pretty self explanatory: gutters are fabricated into long, single pieces. This allows your roofing expert to eliminate seams, which are the center of corrosion and cracking problems for many a gutter system. If you’re wondering how seamless gutters are made, the process requires a specialized machine (typically brought to the installation site) that extends the gutter material into the desired length. After the gutters are produced and installed, all that’s left is to attach and seal the end-caps.
One of the most important benefits of choosing a seamless gutter system is enhanced performance. Each set of seamless gutters is made on-site after careful measurements have been taken. That means you’ll get an exact fit for your home! Tailored gutters have fewer opportunities to spill. Without the seams snagging additional dirt and leaves, you’ll also notice longer times between gutter cleanings. Of course, you can always have your roofer install gutter guards to block debris from getting into the drains.
Key Benefits of Seamless Gutters
- Reduced potential for leaks and corrosion
- Less time spent making adjustments and binding pieces together
- Minimal required effort to maintain them
- Custom fabrication to ensure a perfect fit
Schedule Your Seamless Gutter Replacement Today!
Want to learn more about seamless gutters and protecting your home from water damage? Talk with one of our roofing experts at RoofCrafters! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide further information about gutter replacement service. Give our team a call today at 912-920-4147 to get started.