Gutters protect your foundation, roof, and siding from water damage. While they last for years, gutters need to be replaced eventually. They might start to look old and ugly or leak in several places. A storm might even twist a gutter trough off your house. Residential gutter installation is pretty straightforward. Here are four things to know.
1. There Are A Few Types Of Gutters To Install
Gutters are made from a few different materials, with vinyl and metal being popular choices. They are also made in different shapes and sizes. The gutter contractor calculates the size you need based on the amount of rainfall your area gets. You can choose the shape, color, and material based on your preferences and budget.
There are two basic kinds of gutters to have installed: sectional and seamless. Seamless gutters cost more, but they also have a lower risk of leaking. The installation is a little different too.
2. Seamless Gutters Are Extruded At Your Home
Sectional gutters come in pieces that are put together as the gutters are put on your home. Seamless gutters are extruded from a roll of metal or vinyl at your home. The installer brings a truck with all the equipment needed to make gutter troughs that fit the exact dimensions of your home so seams can be avoided.
3. Installation Requires Assembly And Hanging
Whether you get sectional or seamless gutters, the installer needs to assemble them as they hang the gutters on your home. This includes putting the end caps on the troughs, adding elbows for corners, and attaching the downspout.
The installer may need to cut a hole in a trough to attach the downspout and then seal the hole with adhesive. An important part of gutter installation is to make sure all parts that join each other or that create holes are sealed properly so they don't leak.
Once the troughs are put together, they are hung from the fascia boards. The hangers are mounted so the troughs are at a slight slope that makes water roll toward the downspout.
4. The Downspout Points Away From Your House
The downspout may be built so it is a straight tunnel or it might have elbows so it twists depending on the space in front of your house and how the installer needs to fit the downspout in so it drains properly.
Downspouts should always point away from your home so water drains away. If the soil or grass doesn't allow this, the downspout may need to empty into a buried drain so the water can drain to the street rather than puddle around your home.
For more information, contact a local company like Gutter Tech Enterprises, Inc.Share
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