Frequently Asked Gutter Questions
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Why Should I Replace my Gutters?
Reasons for replacing your gutters can vary.
- Leaky gutters, or gutters that hold water can have negative effects on your home.
- Old or worn gutters can make a home look less appealing
- The old gutters are not draining properly
- Old gutters are tearing away from the home or are bent and cannot be repaired
- A new style or color of gutter may be desired to improve the look of your home
These are several of the most common reasons people need to replace their gutters.
How Do I Know What Kind of Gutters to Pick?
Many factors decide what kind of gutters you need for your home. These include, the size of your home, the trees around your home, how much rain you get yearly, gutter style and color, and material. These factors can help us to help you determine what kind of gutters you are looking for.
How Often Should Gutters be Cleaned?
Gutters should be cleaned 2-4 times a year. The true number depends on which kind of trees you live around. If trees that shed more hang over your gutters, such as pine trees, you can expect to clean your gutters up to 4 times a year to prevent clogs. If your gutters are are around less trees, or trees that shed mainly in the fall, at least twice a year would be ample.
What are Seamless Gutters?
Sturdy seamless gutters are fashioned from steel and offer multiple benefits not possible in standard gutters. The fewer seams or joins in the gutter and downspout system for a building, the less chance of leaks forming. Since there are not multiple parts, it is stronger overall and more able to withstand heavy loads and strong winds.
Each roof piece of the gutter is cut after careful measuring. The installation process continues with great care to make the rain gutters complement instead of detracting from the house’s or other building’s style. They are attached to the roof edges with strong mounting brackets or hangers.
What are the Benefits of Seamless Gutters?
- Reduces the amount of leaks
- Aesthetically pleasing
- They come in a wide range of colors
- Custom formed to fit your home
- Reduces the chance of blockages forming
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Why do I need Gutter Downspouts?
Steel gutters without downspouts will not perform their job of moving water away from the roof and foundations properly. After gutter installation, a downspout is attached securely near the corners of the building. Curved elbow pieces are used to transfer water from the gutter on the outside edge of the eaves to the downspout right next to the wall.
The bottom end of the steel downspouts is also curved to direct water flow away from the base of the building or any landscaping. This directional curve can be changed for each unique installation process. The end result is a tight-fitting system with no leaks or obstructions.
What are K Style Gutters?
The majority of all residential buildings in the United States use K style gutters along the edges of the roofs. Instead of flat exterior surfaces, these gutters have an attractive double curved design that imitates crown molding seen inside the house. They come in various diameters and can be seamless as well.
Due to the unique shape of the K style gutters, a greater volume of rainwater or snowmelt can flow through them at any given time. The shape also creates a stronger product and protects them from dents and damage. All these factors, plus the ease of installation, make them a popular choice for many residential properties.
Why Choose 6 Inch Fascia Gutters?
Instead of gutter installation taking place on the outside of the fascia that surrounds the roof of the house, 6-inch fascia gutters combine both in one product. This results in a seamless surround protecting the edge of the roof from water damage and other issues. The gutters appear to be an integral part of the house or building structure rather than useful trim attached to the edges.
How Long Do Gutter Installations Take?
Gutters typically take less than a day to install, but depending on the size of your home, can take upwards of a couple days.
Can I Install Gutters on My Own?
Although doable, it is highly recommended to hire professionals to install your gutters. This will ensure the job is done correctly and will prevent future problems from occurring. It’s important that gutters are installed correctly to protect your home from potential water damage.