Installing gutters is about more than attaching a piece of metal or vinyl to your roof to catch the rain water. To help make sure your gutter installation is a success, here are some simple rules.
- Discarding Gutters
The first step is to remove the old gutters, but make sure you don’t damage the eaves, facia, or walls the existing tubes are attached to. You may be tempted to tear the channels off the side of the roof, but don’t because you can tear chunks of weakened or soft wood while pulling the tubes down.
- Finding Help
Gutters are put up by a professional installation team because the way they fit your home will determine if rogue water seeps down the roof and into the side of your house. Make sure you find a company that offers the type of gutter installation materials you want and includes installation in the purchase package.
- Understanding Types
You can choose from many different materials, styles, and shapes of gutters. Some come with a cover, others have different widths, and still, others offer many colors of the rainbow. The most popular materials currently on the market are the aluminum and vinyl gutters and downspouts.
- Removing Water
Making sure the water entering your gutters is directed away from your home is a critical aspect of a successful gutter and downspout installation. Check to see the liquid moves into a drainage system or is far enough away that it can’t seep back into your home’s crawlspace or basement.
- Cleaning Often
Regular maintenance is one of the most important parts of any gutter installation project. Leaves, tree limbs, and dirt can fill the gutter during the year. It is a good idea to clean the tubing every six months.
Gutters are critical to the health of your home, so make sure you call in a company that knows about the different tubing types when you need new channels. You will be glad you did when the rains come pouring down and your home stays dry.