Replacing your old, dilapidated gutter system is one of the best home improvements you can do for your home. With a new set of gutters, you can have peace of mind knowing that, when it rains, all of the runoff flows to your downspouts and away from your property. Gutters are available in many styles and options, and, while the price is an important factor, you should also consider their efficiency, longevity and appearance.
Be sure to ask your gutter installer these three questions first before investing in a new gutter system.
1. What are sectional and seamless gutters? Sectional gutters are an affordable choice for homeowners looking to save money on professional gutter installations. Because they come in lightweight sections, they’re usually easy to handle, assemble and install. They are, however, more prone to leaking than their seamless counterparts. This gutter system type runs continuously from one end of the roof to the other, reducing the likelihood of leaks.
2. Which gutter fasteners do you use? Make sure you ask the installer about this when you plan your gutter project. The older method of fastening gutters involves the use of nails or spikes. Each one goes through the outside of the gutter, passes through the inside and attaches to the fascia board and rafter. Over time, however, the gutters could sag and detach from your home due to the weight of water. Screws, on the other hand, are more reliable because they’re less likely to pull away from the fascia.
3. Should I choose aluminum over galvanized gutters? When it comes to gutter systems, two materials come to mind: galvanized steel and aluminum. The former was the standard for years due to its malleability and ease of installation. It can, however, become prone to decay and corrosion. Later on, the latter became the go-to choice for most gutter installers and is currently the industry standard. Apart from its strength and durability, it can be easily formed by a gutter machine on-site.
Mpact Roofing has full-service gutter solutions that can protect your property for many years to come. With our experience and skill, we can customize a drainage plan that meets your home’s unique needs. Count on us for your roofing and storm damage needs as well! Call (512) 535-2053, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.