Spring time is here, and it’s the perfect time to inspect, maintain, and clean out your gutters and downspouts. It’s also a time when homeowners may want to have them installed if they don’t have any on their house. All gutters come in either sectional or seamless constructions and most have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. You also have the option of having tops put on them to help keep debris from falling in and clogging them.
Check your gutters and downspouts for holes and cracks and look to see if there are any places where they are pulling away from the house. Also, make sure to check the brackets as well. One sign that you may need to replace them is if you see any damage to your fascia boards or roof. Also check areas beneath them, such as a deck, for any water damage.
Choices to Make
When it comes to gutters and downspouts there are several choices you need to make. They come in different shapes such as the K-Style and the Half Round. They also come in different materials including vinyl, copper, aluminum and steel. Each has their advantages as well as disadvantages. Pricing can vary anywhere from $1 per square foot up to $18. Of course, this can vary with each company as well.
Self Installation or Professional Installation
Another decision you have to decide is if you want to install them yourself or hire a professional. In an article on BobVilla.com they caution, “Most do-it-yourself gutters are sold in 10-foot sections that must then be linked together with snap-in connectors. The drawback to sectional systems is that the joints eventually leak. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, have seams only at the corners. Seamless gutters are typically made of metal and are extruded to custom lengths by professional installers using a portable gutter machine.” Then there is also the issue of safety. Have you seen how many Youtubes there are of people falling? That is a risk when you are trying to install them yourself. Make sure to take proper steps for your safety. If you are hiring a professional, make sure your professional has insurance for the job.
Info-graphic Pros & Cons
Here is a info-graphic with explanations of the pros and cons of some of the most common options:
As you can see, there are many choices to make when deciding on replacing or installing gutters and downspouts on your home. We hope this has helped you in choosing the best material and styles for your project. As always, thanks for reading and we welcome any additional information or comments you may have.