Gutters are an important part of any structure. Gutter systems keep rainwater away from your house, protecting its foundation.
Choosing gutters for your home or business may seem like something you can do as an afterthought. There are only so many options, right? But upon further investigation there really are quite a few options, and if you know very little about gutters, this can become overwhelming. And choosing the right gutters, in the right color, with the best efficiency, in the best style for your home, can actually end up seeming fairly complicated.
Questions to ask
There are a few questions about gutters you should be asking when you begin the process of replacing your gutters.
● What material are they made from?
● Seamless or non-seamless?
● What color choices are there for your preferred gutters?
● What is the cost of the gutters compared with other possibilities?
● What style or shape of gutter will match your home?
● What kind of durability are you looking for?
● What size gutters do you want?
There are a lot of answers to these questions. There are a few places to start when narrowing down your options to make the process a bit easier. First of all, check with the city, county, or homeowners’ association. Any of these may place restrictions on the type of gutters you can have or the color that they can be. If you have something in mind with regard to style or color, knowing these restrictions right from the start might save for less hassle later.
Also, what type of gutter system does your home currently have? Have they lasted very long, and are you happy with their performance? If you are satisfied with the way the gutters have performed, you may decide to go with the same or similar system.
Gutters come in copper, aluminum, vinyl, and stainless steel. Some of these, like copper and stainless steel, may be very durable and will last for many years, but are more costly. Steel is best in situations where residents live in areas that have high precipitation. However, steel gutters are not commonly used for residential properties.
Aluminum and vinyl gutters are popular choices because they are more economical. They are very lightweight and easy to install, but do require more maintenance than metal gutters. They are also not as durable and will not last as long.
Seamless vs. Non-Seamless
Seamless gutters can be matched color-wise to suit your home and are more secure than non-seamless gutters. They are sturdier, provide a better deterrent from creatures trying to get into them, and less seaming means less leaks.
Sectional/non-seamless gutters are more traditional. They will usually last for around 20 years, but a positive about these types of gutters is that they can be replaced in sections, as opposed to the entire system. In order to have them live up to their full potential they will need to be properly maintained, which includes regular cleaning.
Style-wise you can choose between half-round gutters and K-style gutters. They both perform consistently well, so this usually comes down to an aesthetic choice. Half-round is a more traditional style, while the K-style is a bit newer.
Contact Scott-Lee Guttering
If you are looking to install, replace, or repair your gutters, contact Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you make the best decision with your gutter installation as well.