Rain gutters are one of your home’s most important protections against the elements. Gathering the runoff from your roof caused by rain and melting snow and diverting it away from your siding and foundation to where it will do the least amount of harm. Because rain gutters are such an important aspect in maintaining the integrity of any home.
4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting New Gutters:
- How much rain do I get? The first question to ask is the amount of water the system needs to handle. Find out the average rainfall in your area, and also calculate the square footage of your roof. That will tell you how much water you get and how much surface area the gutters have to drain. The more water you get, the larger the gutter and downspouts need to be. Gutters come in widths of five, six and seven inches.
- What are the building codes? After you know what you need, know what you have to get according to the law. Certain historical structures may require copper gutters. Local and state building codes are very clear on what’s needed for a gutter to pass inspection. Often you’ll find that legal requirements and what you think you need will be in agreement, but always check the law.
- Do I want sectional or seamless rain gutters? Sectional gutters are exactly what they sound like: sections of material that are pieced together and mounted. Sectional gutters are cheaper, as you just buy the material and put it up yourself. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, are one continuous piece of material, so they are less likely to break or leak.
- Which material am I interested in? Roughly in order of price, gutters come in plastic, vinyl, galvanized steel, aluminum, stainless steel and copper. Each material has its benefits and drawbacks; Galvanized steel is strong and cheap, but will eventually rust through. Copper is eye-catching and will never rust, but costs are significantly higher to install. Nor are all rain gutters ideal for all situations. Vinyl, for example, becomes brittle at cold temperatures.
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