Moisture problems around the home and other buildings, including those found in gutters, can cause pest infestations and all sorts of structural damage. In fact, mosquitoes will breed in standing water most often found in gutters.
When the time comes to put gutters on your home or business, there are a few things that you should consider. Material thickness, size, shape, and extra features will reflect the price of gutter installation and the value of experience seamless gutter installation crew cannot be overlooked.
Gutter Thickness is rated differently, depending on what material is used. A thicker gutter system will be sturdier, more durable, and more expensive. Aluminum systems can range from .019 to .032 inches in thickness.
Gutter Size is an important factor when choosing the right gutters. You will have to choose the gutter size (the measurement of the top opening), downspout size (length and width or diameter), and thickness. The most common gutter sizes are 5 inches and 6 inches. Downspouts are commonly 2 x 3 inches and 3 x 4 inches in size.
Seamless Gutter systems are most popular but require using professional installers. In a seamless system, an installer will use a special machine on-site to form long stretches of gutter that will run the length of the roof-line with no seams. No seams means fewer places for gutters to leak and create problems.
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Gutter installation should follow a couple of basic rules. Gutters must be pitched so water will flow to the downspouts. The rule of thumb for this slope is a vertical 1/2 inch for every 10 feet of horizontal run. If the run is more than 35 feet long, some specialists recommend installing the high point of the system in the middle and sloping the gutter downward in both directions to downspouts on both ends of the run. Water exiting the downspout must always be directed away from the foundation.
The gutter industry has seen an explosion in the accessory side of the industry. Screens, barriers, and other devices used to keep foreign objects out of the gutter are literally everywhere. When considering such accessories, homeowners will want to evaluate the types of debris that may land on or in their gutter. Homeowners will want to consider everything from the number of trees to the types of leaves. Gutters are most commonly clogged by leaves, pine needles, and helicopter seeds.
When determining the size of a home’s gutter system, a homeowner should consider the area’s rainfall density. Such facts can usually be found by asking a Jordan Roofing representative. A home that sees a lot of rain or has a steep roof pitch should have a larger gutter system. Similarly, a home surrounded by tall trees will need a larger system to accommodate falling leaves without clogging.