Gutter FAQ for New Homeowners

Gutter FAQ for New Homeowners

March 29, 2019

FAQ: New Homeowner’s Guide to Gutter Installation

The average homeowner doesn’t put much thought into gutters or to gutters replacement, but it’s still helpful to learn some basics so you can make the best decisions for your home. Here are some common questions new homeowners typically want answered: 

FAQ: New Homeowner’s Guide to Gutter Installation

What are gutters and what purpose do they serve?

Typically fixed beneath the edge of a roof, the primary function of gutters is to carry off rainwater, directing it away from your home and your foundation.

What problems can arise if my home doesn’t have gutters?

Rainfall, snow, and ice can pose dangers and must be channeled off the roof. Ice dams and snow build-up on the roof can potentially collapse the roof;  rainfall that isn’t diverted away can pool and cause soil erosion that can weaken your home’s foundation. Without gutters, water can also cause dampness on outside walls, which can cause mold to grow and timber to rot. Gutters save homes from unnecessary and expensive repairs.

What are the different types of gutters? What are the pros/cons of each?

The most common gutter installation done by professionals is aluminum seamless gutters. Other choices include copper, steel, galvalume, zinc and vinyl. 

  • Aluminum is corrosion-resistant, lightweight and is not very costly. 
  • Copper lasts longer and needs no painting. The downside to copper is that its comparatively more expensive. 
  • Galvanized Steel is made of zinc and is very strong, but prone to rust.   
  • Galvalume is steel with a coating of aluminum and zinc, and is a strong and durable metal used to make seamless gutters that are long-lasting.
  • Zinc does not need to be painted, requires little maintenance and has a lifespan twice as long as aluminum.
  • Vinyl or PVC or plastic gutters are the least expensive but tend to twist in hot weather.

How can I tell when I need my gutters repaired or replaced?

As long as your gutters are straight, solid and don’t leak, there’s no need to worry. If you have vinyl gutters, they should be changed out completely when they begin to develop issues, but steel or copper gutters can be repaired if they are leaking.

How often should I clean my gutters? How do I best maintain them?

It is critical that your gutters stay clean. Clean your gutters at least twice per year, in the spring and in the fall. Better yet, invest in a reliable gutter guard system such as Gutter Helmet. 

Do I need gutter guards?

Gutter guards are a fantastic way to cut down on maintenance. Without gutter guards, your gutters will fill up quickly. If your downspouts do not work efficiently, this could create moisture that can lead to mosquito issues. Gutter guards are a good investment if you choose a reliable brand with a proven performance record, such as the Gutter Helmet® system.

Turn to a trusted gutter protection systems company like Gutter Helmet® of Eastern NY for your seamless gutters, Gutter Helmet, and Helmet Heat replacement or installation. Call us today at (866) 252-9400 to learn more about our products and services. With us, you can be confident that the installation will be performed by factory-trained professionals. We take pride in our excellent customer service, so we will always go to great lengths to guarantee your complete satisfaction. Fill out our contact form today to schedule a free, in-home consultation.

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