Putting in New Gutters
Some features, you add to a house to make it more attractive.
Some you add to increase its investment value. But still other
features, you add out of necessity. Gutters might not be pretty but
they're needed. Why? Because gutters and eves are what keep
a heavy rain from causing a flood right by the house that
will damage your lawn or create ruts in the dirt. Most importantly
though, they keep the water off of your windows, siding, and
doors. Without the gutters and eves, these house parts could
easily become damaged.
usual process is to install gutters and eves on a roof that
already exists, but this is not necessarily the ideal situation.
In fact, if you plan on getting a new roof, this is the
ideal time to install a new gutter system. After all, when
you do it this way, you can more perfectly integrate the
gutters and the roof as a single unit. The gutters thus
become more stable, and will probably last longer.
could hire a professional installer to put in your new gutters.
However, it's not that difficult of a task, and you can
save a lot of money if you accept the challenge of doing
you're preparing to put in your new gutters, you'll need
to decide what material you want. There are several common
types, including copper, steel, aluminum, wood, and vinyl.
Many people find vinyl to be the best choice, because they
are less expensive than the other options, and yet they
look good and last a long time. Plus most home improvement
and hardware stores carry them, so they shouldn't be very
hard to find. Try to avoid wood gutters. While they can
look nice, they aren't as long-lasting.
common than vinyl gutters are aluminum and steel. In fact,
it's safe to say that more houses have traditionally installed
these types of gutters than any other material. Even with
the rise in popularity of vinyl, some people stick with
their preference of aluminum; they argue that these are
inexpensive and do not rust.
people today insist on steel gutters, however. An exception
might be if a person often finds himself needing to lean
a ladder up against the house. In this case, the steel gutter
withstands the force of the ladder much better than aluminum
does, and perhaps better than even vinyl.
we might think of metal gutters as metallic gray, today
they come in a host of different colors. So if you find
that you must use aluminum or steel, there's no reason why
they have to be ugly.
will typically buy gutters in sections. These sections run
anywhere from 10 feet to 22 feet long. in addition to these
main sections, there are corners, connectors, caps, downspouts
and fittings. You will find these made to match the main
gutter sections, in the same material and color.
you're at the hardware or home-improvement store, ask the
representative if they carry seamless gutters. This option
is growing in popularity because of how well they protect
your home. A regular gutter, when it has aged, often springs
leaks or begins to erode around the seams. A seamless gutter
avoids these problems. Both the inside and outside of these
are joined at the corners and downspout outlets; this prevents
the problems that a leaky seam could cause. The seamless
gutter also has a finish that is baked on.
gutters you choose, be sure to shop around so you get the
best price. And don't be afraid to ask for advice regarding
the installation. After all, this is an important project
you're taking; you want to get it right.