They may not seem like much but gutter installation is an important thing that you need to consider along with your normal roof care routine. Without well-working gutters, moisture can seep into the eaves of the house and even the siding and foundation can be affected by rain run off with gutters are not used. Well-functioning gutters are what direct storm runoff away from the sides and foundation of your home. Gutter installation that is done incorrectly can harm your roof, and over time it can lead to roof replacement. To avoid this, it is important to stay up on gutter maintenance all year round and to get your gutters installed correctly the first time.
Aluminum Gutter Materials
Aluminum. An aluminum gutter is the most popular type seen in houses. Aluminum never rusts or corrodes and it very lightweight which is perfect for gutters that can end up carrying a lot of water weight. They come in a wide variety of colors so it is easy to find on that fits your home’ décor. Their relatively low price tag makes them affordable choice for homeowners across the state. Seamless aluminum gutters are the most popular version on the market, but there are several other styles that can also easily be installed for most homes in the area.
Copper Gutter Materials
Copper. Like its aluminum counterpart copper never rusts or corrodes. Copper is famous for the development of the bright bluish-green patina, known as verdigris like what is seen on the statue of liberty. This is a natural effect that does not damage the gutter and is actually a favored look among many homeowners today. Copper lasts much longer than aluminum most times so the investment is well worth it in the long run. Old homes looking for an upgrade and new homes needing fresh gutter installation both can take advantage of copper gutter styles today.
DIY or Professional Gutter Installation
Many homeowners try to install new gutters themselves in an attempt to save money. If you have the ability and knowledge to install gutters yourself you can try though it is best to stick to sectional gutters that are fabricated in pieces that are easier to handle. If you are looking at getting seamless gutters or something fancy, it is best to leave the gutter installation to the experts who know how to handle the material and have the safety tools and knowledge to get it done correctly and safely. Also, professional installations often come with warranties to cover the material and installation, something you won’t get with a DIY installation project.
Size & Shape for Gutters
Gutters can be found in several standard design styles. Generally, either a U-shaped or K-shaped profile is the most common. The gutters along the edge of the roof typically are made in 6 inch or 7 inch diameters. Downspouts can be made in several styles and common shapes. Your personal preferences will be considered along with the unique size, style, and location of your roof to determine how large the gutters and downspouts need to be. For example, a home with trees around needs larger gutters so they don’t clog as quickly and a home with lots of large gables will need gutters large enough to handle the runoff.
Deciding on a Color
Gutter installation is a big decision and one of the choices you have to make is in regards to the color your gutters are going to be. There are many colors available today so you can easily find the shade that complements your home’s style and decor and that looks best for your area. Aluminum gutter colors are baked directly onto the material while still at the factory. Copper only comes in its natural state but can be painted after installation. If you are wanting a shade such as red or blue or black, aluminum is the best choice as most homeowners choose copper due to its natural patina look and coloration.
Gutter Installation From the Pros
Selecting a knowledgeable, reliable, and trustworthy gutter installation company is critical. Legit contractor companies will offer free estimates and will answer any questions you have about pricing and fees. They will also be able to schedule your gutter installation at a time that is convenient for you and that fits with your lifestyle. Here at Gutter Guru, we treat every customer like a member of the family and work to ensure you are given professional treatment every time. A DIY installation is possible but with all the benefits offered by roofing contractors, why would you want to take the chance of something going wrong doing it yourself?
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Gutter Guru is a trusted name in quality high-end gutter installation through out the West Palm Beach, Florida and serve as far north as Port Saint Lucie, Florida and south to North Miami, Florida. We are experts in every aspect of gutters, gutter cleaning and replacement. We look forward to helping you!