Your gutters play a critical role in your home’s protection, which is why you should never procrastinate when it’s time for gutters replacement. In today’s post, we answer commonly asked questions about the gutter replacement process.
How Can I Tell Whether I Need New Gutters?
The telltale signs that you need to replace your gutters are holes along the gutters, bent gutters, and sections that have pulled away from the roof’s edge. Another red flag is gutters that sag during heavy rainfall. Pay attention to the fasteners or hangers; if they are installed using nails, it’s very likely that moisture has penetrated the roof fascia board. Today’s fasteners are attached like clips, which eliminates the need to penetrate the fascia board.
What Do You Mean By “Seamless” Gutters?
Gutters are typically made of multiple lengths of galvanized steel that are stitched together using fasteners. The seams are then installed using sealant. While this has been a serviceable installation method for decades, the seams are a common problem area. Sealants tend to deteriorate under extended exposure to the weather, which means the homeowner will have to re-apply sealant every now and then. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, are made of a single length of aluminum shaped on-site. Not only does this design give the gutters a clean look, but it also makes them easier to maintain.
What Kind of Gutters Should I Get?
There are several factors to consider, such as the slope of your roof and the style of your home. For example, steep-sloped roofs require higher-capacity gutters. Gutter types are either U or K-shaped and come in 5- or 6-inch profiles. Aesthetically, U-shaped gutters complement traditional architecture, while the angular look of K-shaped gutters works great in both modern and traditional buildings.
Do I Really Need a Gutter Protection System?
The short answer is yes. Gutter protection systems keep all manner of dirt, leaves, and debris out of the gutters. This keeps the gutters free-flowing, helps prolong the gutters’ life span and reduces the system’s maintenance requirements. Typical gutter protection systems are installed like filters; while they do keep leaves out of the gutters, you still have to scoop the dirt and debris out periodically. Gutter Helmet, on the other hand, sheds all solid material straight down to the ground.