When homeowners decide to replace their gutters, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration. The two biggest are the size and material type because not every material is made for every house. Additionally, while there are only two true sizes to decide from, this choice can make a big difference in the end. Moreover, homeowners have a variety of options to contend with when it comes to personalizing their gutters through gutter art.
The first thing homeowners should take into consideration when deciding on new gutters is the climate wherein the house is located because, the more rain an area gets, the bigger the gutters should be. Another thing to take into consideration is the amount of trees on the property. You will need bigger gutters if you have a lot of trees to prevent clogging unless you purchase a screen, barrier, or another device to keep leaves and debris out. It is best to discuss the cost of these additions with your roofing specialist.
Another big decision that a homeowner needs to make is the material from which the gutters are made. There are four main types. They are aluminum, galvanized steel, copper, and vinyl. Aluminum is the cheapest and most popular type of gutter because it is durable and easy to work with. Galvanized Steel is strong, durable and great for extreme weather conditions. However, be aware that it can rust after an average of 20-25 years. Copper is both the most expensive and aesthetically pleasing until it changes color over time due to the elements. An example of this is the Statue of Liberty. Vinyl is both the least expensive and the easiest to work with. However, it is not as sturdy as the metal options and tends to become brittle in colder climates.
Additionally, homeowners need to decide between sectional or seamless gutters. It used to be that roofing contractors would have to bring the gutters to the job site in pieces. That caused them to have to solder the pieces together and/or use special sealant. Today, there are seamless gutter machines that allow roofers to form the gutters on site so they can be the size of the house without any breaks.
Finally, as mentioned above, homeowners need to decide on any additional options for their gutters. This can be in the form of a screen, barrier or another device to keep dirt and leaves out of the gutters. It can also be one of several things that make the gutters more aesthetically pleasing including splash blocks and rain chains. Another way to improve the look of your gutters is with gutter art. By using an addition to their seamless gutter machine, they can emboss the gutters with one of several different designs. These designs not only make your house and gutters nicer looking, they can also make your gutters look more like the crown molding inside your home.
A professional roofer can also determine the proper pitch for the gutters so that the water always flows to the downspouts that are placed on both ends of the gutter and should be pointed away from the foundation.