Considering Seamless Gutters For Your Home
Replacing the gutters on your home is a tedious job that no one wants to do, but if the old gutters are in need of repair or replacement, there are some options to consider. The old gutters might be beyond repair, making it the perfect time to upgrade what is there to a better gutter system. There are a lot of ways you can go, but seamless gutters have a few advantages that you had not considered.
The Purpose Of Gutters
You may ask yourself why gutters are even important but as tempting as it is to leave them off your home, they do serve an important purpose. When it rains, and the water is running down your roof, the gutters will catch the water and direct it off to the downspouts. The water is then carried out away from the foundation of your home. Water seeping into the ground around the foundation can erode the ground there, and over time the water will penetrate the concrete footings. If there is a gap or crack anywhere in the foundation, the water can travel through and end up in your basement, causing damage to it.
Inspecting and Cleaning Your Old Gutters
At least twice a year you should get up on the roof and take a look at the gutters that are on your home. If they are starting to leak, rust, or the hardware is failing, it is time to consider replacing them. In climates where the temperature drops below freezing, the gutters can be damaged by ice, causing the seems to open and the gutters to leak. Leaves and other debris can also clog the downspouts, leaving water sitting in the gutters. The weight of that water can damage the mounting hardware as well as the gutters over time.
The Seamless Advantage
Replacing the old gutters with new seamless gutters has a few advantages. The cutters are formed on site so the contractor can make one long gutter to run along the length of your home. No seams mean no leaks now or later. Along with being seamless, the gutters can be custom placed because they are made to fit the house not generically fitted to it after the fact from an assortment of pieces. If you have a location on the foundation that is particularly prone to water pooling, you can place a gutter section to specifically address this problem. Working with a contractor that specializes in seamless gutters for the best results on your project. The tools and knowledge they will have to offer are important to getting a great result that will last for many years to come.
Contact a company like D & M Exteriors for more information and assistance.