Thursday, February 25, 2021

Keep Your Head In The Gutter?

 They used to always tell us to keep our heads out of the gutter. But truth is, especially if you are a homeowner, that you better keep your head in the gutter...meaning it's important not to forget about your gutter system when doing routine home repairs and maintenance.

Sometimes an afterthought, gutters are a very important piece to a home or building. The main goal, if not obvious, is to collect water runoff from the roof. Preventing damage to the structure but also the ground and landscaping below. Especially for those in regions where you get a lot of rain, or potentially heavy thunderstorms where a lot of rain comes down. Any damage to the ground, such as soil erosion, can cause potentially costly damage. Especially those that are in regions where homes have basements or other crawl spaces. The gutter system itself can add value to home, and help keep your flower beds and grass down below better maintained.



Seamless vs Traditional Gutters

This is a slightly unknown difference in gutters these days. If you have somewhat of an older home, the traditional gutters that you are used to come in sections. Which means they come in pieces that have cracks when joined together that are required to have sealant. This also requires normal maintenance to make sure the sealant is still in place. If not, this is where you begin to have leaks.

Seamless gutters are exactly that. Longer gutter lines without any sections. Which typically makes them more expensive, but it's the overall new way to go. They will look and sit better on your roof, and again lack the gaps where you normally can find a leak.

The difference in pricing is one thing for seamless gutters, but you also need to factor in the material itself. Aluminum are the traditional type that most homes have, but you can also get steel and copper (both at more of a price). Our Gutters Tyler TX partners let us know of some average pricing that you can expect.

  • - Aluminum: $5-$9 per square foot
  • - Steel: $8-$12 per square foot
  • - Copper: $15-$2 per square foot
It's also recommended to consider adding gutter guards. Even to your existing gutter system, gutter guards can prevent a lot of clogging and a lot of manual cleaning for you. It can also help for those in the heavier winter regions where snow and ice can accumulate inside.

Contact your local roofing company or gutter specialist to learn more about the different types of systems, as well as things to look for or consider in your region.


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Keep Your Head In The Gutter?

 They used to always tell us to keep our heads out of the gutter. But truth is, especially if you are a homeowner, that you better keep your...