A seamless rain gutter system is a small yet significant part of a roofing system, and a house overall. A valuable investment, gutters collect and divert rainwater away from the roof and home.
It is, therefore, essential to invest your money in a proper gutter and leader system. But how do you know how to choose a gutter system that can best protect your home? Here are several factors to consider before hiring a pro to install a gutter system:
The size of a gutter system matters. Although 5-inch K-style gutters are suitable for most homes, homes with multiple rooflines add a level of complexity. Typically, homes with steep roofs that are susceptible to heavy downpours need wider gutters and extra downspouts.
The rule of thumb is to factor in the rainfall potential, as well as the square footage of the gutter’s drainage area. For example, a 5-inch K-style gutter can handle about 5500 sq feet of rainwater, in the case of a 5-minute downpour. By contrast, a 6k commercial gutter can handle 30-40% more water volume, and may also be installed on a residential home.
Choose a gutter system that is made of sturdy materials. While steel is the strongest material, it rusts overtime. For that reason, aluminum gutter systems are the most commonly used material for gutters because they don’t rust or fade easily, and they are also lightweight and affordable. Vinyl is another material that is available in different colors. However, it does not withstand sun exposure well.
Rain gutter systems come in multiple sizes and shapes. The “5K” style is the most common and affordable shape, although half round gutters are also an option. Choose the one that meets your aesthetic requirement. Although homeowners can get a gutter system painted to enhance their home’s visual appeal, colored aluminum gutters are available with no painting required.
Sectional vs. seamless
Sectional and seamless are the two types of gutter systems. The downside of sectional gutters is that they tend to leak at the joints. By contrast, seamless gutters by definition have no seams, and are therefore stronger than sectional gutters and don’t have seams that may leak.
Before installing rain gutters, make sure you are following your building codes. You don’t want to break any rules. Therefore a licensed and fully insured gutter professional company should be the only one to install gutters on your home.
Buy rain gutter accessories, such as gutter screens and gutter guards, to enjoy your gutters in a maintenance free way. Regular maintenance is necessary to enhance the lifespan of your gutter system. With gutter leaf protection, you don’t have to clean your gutters once twice or more times a year.
Finally, hire an expert to install your gutter system. Working with a certified company can make the process simpler. Without insurance, a local handyman can fall and sue you or can damage your property in the installation process. We can help you choose the right gutter system to keep your home safe from big problems. Find out more about our gutter installation and replacement services in New York here.