Why Installing a Strong Gutter System Is Worth It

Why Installing a Strong Gutter System Is Worth It Why Installing a Strong Gutter System Is Worth ItYour home’s gutter is responsible for directing water from your roof to your drainage system. So while it is not exactly the most striking part of your exteriors, it plays an important role in preventing water damage to your home’s foundation and siding. The cost of repairs alone is often good enough reason to make sure your gutter consistently functions well. And a big part of that starts with choosing the right system. A strong gutter system helps prevent:Gutter System Why Installing a Strong Gutter System Is Worth It

Premature Damage

A good gutter system is designed to last as long as possible, and that includes preventing the formation of damage well before the lifespan of the system is up. Water capacity, for instance, is determined by how much water the gutter can hold, the outlet size of the downspout, and the number of downspouts in the system. Correct spacing of the downspouts is relative to the size of the gutter.

Poor gutters, on the other hand, may not be able to properly handle the elements and – as a result – will show premature staining, rotting, or structural dysfunction.Strong Gutter System Why Installing a Strong Gutter System Is Worth It

Animal Infestation

Burrowing animals may be a cute sight, but will do your gutters no good. Aside from blocking the pathway of water along your gutters, animals can damage the components and cause leaks. Protective accessories such as screens and guards are ideal for closing off your gutters from the furry little creatures who seek shelter in your home come wintertime.

Debris Buildup

Leaves, twigs, and other debris can build up on your gutters and cause anything from water retention to complete water damage. As in the case of preventing animal infestation, gutter accessories are useful at keeping out debris. The micro mesh material in many of these guards and screens also make sure that even the tiniest bits of debris are weeded out.

Tips for Having a Strong Gutter System

Choose the right gutter. Different gutters fit different kinds of homes. The functionality of your gutters also depends on what you choose. For instance, some experts swear by 3 x 4” downspouts, while others recommend 8” gutters. Your climate conditions have to be factored into choosing your gutters, too. Areas that get heavy rainfall should have gutters that are equipped for that larger volume of water expected.

Hire professional help. In our experience, we have found that having a professional install your gutters is always a better choice than choosing to DIY. Pitching, for instance, is a particularly important in water management. Improperly pitched gutters can weaken the entire roofing system, as well as promote a host of expensive issues.Installing a Strong Gutter System Why Installing a Strong Gutter System Is Worth It

Conduct inspections. Conducting routine inspections is also important, as this is the best way to spot problems and – more importantly – stop them before they escalate. Inspections are best done twice a year, before and after the worst seasons in your area.

Maintain your gutters. Lastly, clean your gutters every now and then to keep them functioning well. Clean them at the beginning of fall, and again, at the beginning of spring.

Author Bio

Scott Siegal, Owner of Maggio Roofing. Located in Takoma Park, Md., and is president of Certified Contractors Network. Scott is an industry veteran with decades of experience solving roofing problems for homeowners in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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