Your home's gutter system is important for protecting the roof, exterior walls, and foundation from poor drainage and water accumulation. If you are getting ready to install new gutters on your home, it's important that you choose the right system for your needs. Unfortunately, getting the right gutter system takes a lot of careful consideration. When you don't have the understanding and experience to choose the right gutters, there are some things that you should know.
Consider Your Style Options Carefully
Although sectional gutters were the standard for many years, seamless gutter systems have become increasingly popular lately. If you're looking for a gutter system with minimal risks of leaks, seamless gutters are the best solution. Traditional gutter systems are vulnerable to leaks with every section that you connect together. With seamless gutters, the only place that can potentially fail and cause leaks is the corners where the seamless gutter sections meet.
Opt For Convenience And Functionality
When you choose the gutter system for your home, look for options that balance both convenience and functionality. Talk with your gutter installation contractor about oversized downspouts and extra support brackets to help accommodate the added weight of rainwater. Remember that a gallon of water weighs a little over 8 pounds. That means you need to account for the necessary support structure for the runoff water weight.
Minimize The Necessary Maintenance
Talk with your gutter installation contractor about the tools available to minimize your gutter system maintenance. The biggest issue with gutters is the accumulation of debris and potential pest infestations. In both cases, you can reduce the risk of issues by adding gutter guards or similar features to keep debris out of the gutter system. This reduces the frequency with which your gutters will need to be flushed, though it won't prevent it completely. You'll still want to consider flushing your gutters once a year or so.
Trust Your Installer's Downspout Recommendations
When your installer comes to put up your gutters, he or she will assess the best possible placement for the downspouts based on your home's layout and orientation. Not only that but he or she will also assess whether or not you need splash barriers for your downspouts. If you will have garden beds or landscaping around the areas where your downspouts are, splash barriers will help protect them from heavy water flow.
These are just a few of the most important things to consider when you're dealing with a new gutter system installation.
For more info, contact a local gutter company.
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