Preventing Home Damage With Proper Gutter Installation

Have You Checked Your Gutters Lately? Many homeowners, while carefully checking their roof, fail to notice problems with their gutters. This part of the roof should be carefully inspected, at least once a year, to protect the home from water damage.

 

Types of Gutters Available:

• Aluminum is a popular type of gutter and has the advantage of being relatively inexpensive. In addition, it is rust proof, lightweight, strong and is available in a color to match your home.

• Steel gutters are stronger than aluminum, resist rust and are popular where there is heavy snow or rain.

• Copper, while seamless, is the most expensive type of gutter available. It is strong, rust proof and adds elegance to your home. However, if you want to maintain its bright finish, a special treatment must be used to prevent it from becoming a green color.

• Vinyl gutters are available but not recommended as they can crack and cause leakage.

Sectional and seamless gutters both have properties to be considered. For example, sectional gutters are less expensive and are glued or snapped together. However, they tend to leak over time. Seamless gutters, available in various lengths, are made of high gauge metals, are virtually leak-proof and last much longer.

Gutters are available in 4, 5 and 6-inch sizes. There is no difference in their performance with the exception that the larger size will carry more water. They are available in K-styles and U-styles.

With each of these types of gutters, metal roofing works very well alongside them, especially in known areas where rainfall or snow or occur. Metal roofing’s ability to have water slide off easily and smoothly towards the gutters means that the gutters won’t get overloaded if snow is melting all at once or if heavy rain is falling.

Debris that can Accumulate in a Gutter

An assortment of debris can pile up in gutters and cause damage to a house. The type and amount of debris accumulated depend on the time of year and the location of your property.

Examples:

• Pests and Insects

• Moss and Pollen

• Pine Needles

• Leaves

• Dirt

• Shingle Grit

• Ice and snow

Any of the above can accumulate, block your gutter drainage system, and cause damage to your roof, foundation, siding, or landscaping. In addition, it has been found that a buildup of twigs and leaves allows mold to form and produce spores which can be dangerous for residents who may have allergies.

Building Damage from Gutter Problems

Poor gutters can sag, rust, leak or have other problems that can cause serious damage to your home. This makes it especially important to be careful when trying to clean gutters. 

While a few inches of rain may not seem like much, it can actually produce several thousand inches of water runoff. This means that it is essential that gutters are designed to channel water away from the building’s foundation. 

Moisture can saturate the soil and wick through the foundation into the interior. This is especially true in areas with loose soils. When firm soils get wet, they swell and can put pressure on the foundations often causing it to crack. 

The Importance of Proper Gutter Installation

Having a professional roofer install your gutters is essential if you want a gutter installation that is custom fit for your home.
Highly trained and experienced, they can advise you regarding what is available and what type of gutter will provide the best performance for the money. This assures that your gutters will be able to handle rain and snow as well as help prevent expensive home damages. Serving Connecticut customers since 1977, at Capital Roofing LLC, we are proud of our record for providing customers with a wide array of roof choices and expert roofers.

If you would like more information regarding gutter replacement please call 866-784-5300 and an experienced roofer will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding gutters for your home. You can also fill out our online form at the right of this page or online at https://www.capitalroofingct.com/get-a-quote/.