Seamless Gutters, Screens, Covers or Gutter Guards
Why Do I Need Gutters?
If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t give a gutter system much thought unless you have a problem around your foundation or water leaking into your basement. A gutter system is crucial to maintaining your home’s integrity and value, try to get a V.A Loan without gutters. The system really serves no purpose – well until it rains and when it does, a properly installed gutter system is the only way to ensure that rainwater won’t pocket on the roof or even worse, run down or seep into the walls of your home.
When rainwater is uncollected, it can seep into vinyl siding, wood or other material such as insulation that covers your home and protects it from the elements. Once inside your walls it can cause wood to rot and insulation to grow black mold that is very hazardous to your health. Water running down the side of a house can also enter into poorly sealed window frames and other uncaulked openings and cause further expensive to repair damage.
Think of it like this, a gutter system is close to working like a bowling ball going down the end of the lane! A gutter system is designed to run along the perimeter of your roofing to carry water away from your home. Water that is not controlled can flow against your home’s foundation will slowly erode the foundation, which in time can degrade its structural integrity causing concrete to crumble. If enough water collets against the basement walls, the sheer weight of the water can cause them to crack and leak. Plus, if not properly directed away from your home it can also cause a considerable amount of land erosion.
Gutters can be seamless or in sections that are attached to the roof using either spikes or hidden aluminum hangars. Our preference leans to seamless gutters as they will not develop leaks from where sections are joined along with hidden hangars. Hidden hangars normally are made of aluminum with a stainless steel screw to retain them to the fascia board. These screws tend to keep tight, whereas the spikes tend to loosen up over time. When designing a system there are straight sections and in many cases inside and outside corner sections. Make sure your installer uses a high grade gutter cement when attaching the premade corners. Where the gutters are attached to a downspout, a special conical drop outlet makes the connection between the horizontal to the vertical sections. Open ends are covered with specially seamed end caps that are crimped into place and must be properly cemented also.
Gutter Covers or Gutter Screens?
Next, you want to ensure that the rainwater flows far enough away from the house’s foundation to avoid erosion or leaching. We highly recommend a good quality splash block at the bottom of the downspout run. And finally, to keep your system as maintenance-free as possible, it’s good to invest in a quality gutter screen or gutter cover that can prevent leaves and other debris clogging up the show, which renders it useless. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow into the wood that your gutters are attached to and cause wood rot here also. These are called facia boards and when you can replace them with the new vinyl-plastic-wood fiber replacements all the better. The worst part of gutters leaking to the fascia board side, is that you will not see it until the damage is very apparent, which means another costly repair. Seamless gutters with a good quality gutter cover is worth every cent spent in our opinion.
Repel Mosquitos with Gutters?
Mosquitoes? Do you have a mosquito problem around your house and yard? If you do this can be a cause of water standing in your gutters! Mosquitoes generally only travel about 300 yards in their entire life, unless a storm blows them to a new location. One tablespoon of water can hatch over 200 mosquito eggs! This is another reason for seamless gutters as water does not gather by the seams. Also, make sure your gutters are properly pitched to a 3 degree angle for good drainage without any sags in the center of any section.
Good News! Choosing a gutter system to complement your home is really easy now days because they’re available in a wide assortment of colors and materials. So the next time you’re outside, make sure to take a good look at your gutters. If they need repair, don’t delay!
Seamless Gutters with Hidden Hangars are your best long term investment when replacing gutters and the price fluctuates with the metals markets – it is best to get a free estimate from our contractors for an accurate price.
Gutter Covers aka Gutter Guards come in a variety of shapes and designs. These can be from blown nylon to copper covers that insert into you first row of shingles. Screens are available at the lowest cost, however they do have a few drawbacks compared to the higher end covers. Take advantage of a free quote from our local gutter companies.