What You Need To Know about Installing Gutters

Wednesday, February 3, 2021


Quality rain gutters can greatly enhance your roof's protection from leaking and other water damage. They can be installed by the homeowner or by a professional. Here's what you need to know about installing gutters.
1. Price Estimates

The price of installing your gutter will depend on a variety of factors. First, you'll need to decide whether you're going to contract a professional or do it yourself. Hiring a professional will be pricier but a good contractor will come with a lot of experience and should do quality work, which can make the investment worth it. The price can also depend on the materials used and how much material is needed for the installation, where you live and whether you choose to add any accessories.
2. Types of Gutters

There are several materials gutters are commonly made from and several types of gutters available to install. Copper, vinyl, galvanized steel and aluminum are all good choices for gutter material and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Copper is the most expensive and is usually chosen for its appearance rather than any strength or durability advantages. Steel can also be an expensive option, but it's quite strong and durable so the gutters should last a long time even in places with harsh weather. Aluminum and vinyl are cheaper options and easy to install. Both are best suited for milder climates. The two main gutter types are seamless and sectional. Seamless gutters are made of one strip of material with seals at the corners. They're typically made from aluminum and are ideal for leak protection. Sectional gutters are more at risk of leaks but are cheaper and easier to install yourself.
3. Warranties

Because a gutter system is meant to be a long-term investment, you should see what warranties are available, just like any other appliance meant to last for years or longer. Some installation companies may offer a lifetime warranty, while other companies may offer warranties for certain lengths of time. Be sure to review your options and decide which warranty best fits your needs and preferences.
4. Licenses and Insurance

If you choose to hire a gutter installation company, make sure you choose one that has the necessary licenses and insurance paperwork. These include liability insurance, workers' compensation, and a state license. These documents are proof that you, the workers and your property will be legally protected in the event of an accident.
5. Installer's Experience

Equally important as the proper paperwork is the experience of the installation company. Once you're sure the contractor you're thinking of hiring has the proper documentation, look into the company's reputation and experience. If there are reviews available, read them. Review the company's social media and testimonials from previous clients. The ideal gutter installation company will be well-established, with plenty of experience and good reviews.
6. Accessories

There are several ways you can enhance your gutter setup. Many of these accessories will be beneficial for different climates or weather, so if you live somewhere with heavy snowfalls or frequent rain, it can be a good idea to invest in certain accessories, both to further protect your roof and support the gutters themselves. For example, gutter hangers provide more strength and stability to gutters, so they're recommended in regions that experience high winds. Some of these depend more on your preferences or personal living situation than the region in which you live. For example, splash blocks and downspout extensions both ensure water drains farther away from your home's foundations and leaf guards can be a good investment if your house is surrounded by trees.

Gutters are essential for any roof, but they're relatively easy to install, clean and replace. If they're installed correctly and well-maintained, gutters can last for years.

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