Gutters and downspouts are the water management workhorse of your home. They work in tandem with the roof, flashing and siding to whisk water away from your home, and if you notice a leak inside the home, the first thing to check is the gutter system.
Gutters also contribute to the exterior design of your home, so much care should go into the selection of new guttering so it looks as good as it works. Here’s a primer on what to consider when it’s time to for new gutters.
When To Replace Gutters
Indicators that it’s time for new gutters include signs of overflow or clogging during heavy rains, loose or damaged sections, or a deteriorating finish. Whenever you install a new roof or siding is the perfect time to replace gutters as well, because it ensures that your water management system is correctly aligned.
Choosing the Proper Gutter System
The conditions on and around your home will guide you to the proper gutter. The exterior design of your house and the surrounding neighborhood inform the materials and style that look appropriate, while the amount of trees around your home, and the size, shape and pitch of your roof dictate proper gutter size and protection. Desired level of maintenance and your budget are the final factors to narrowing down your options.
Gutter Shapes & Materials
Gutter shape and material is primarily an aesthetic and budget decision. But because these factors affect how they are attached, the structure of your roof and fascia will also play a role. Downspouts need to coordinate with the gutters so also factor into your decision.
Gutter & Downspout Sizes
Proper sizing is crucial for effectively moving water away from your home. Standard sizes are 5” gutters with 2×3” downspouts or 6” gutters with 3×4” downspouts. Correct size is determined by the height and slope of your roof, which affects the speed and amount of water run-off.
Gutter Guards & Protection
Gutter guards and filtering systems reduce both the frequency of gutter cleaning and the potential for water blockage and overflow. Because there are several forms of gutter protection, it is best to understand the types of trees around your home and the shape of your roof to determine which system will work best.
The perfect gutter system for your home will ultimately fail if it is installed wrong. There are so many links in the chain of proper water management that skimping on even one facet can lead to water damage down the road. It is very important to work with a company that is deeply knowledgeable and committed to installing it correctly.
Because there are so many considerations when it comes to replacing your gutters and downspouts, it’s a smart idea to work with a firm that understands every aspect of water management, from roof to gutters to moving the water away from your home. The Consultants at Mosby Building Arts will survey your home and its surroundings to guide you to the best gutter system, and the Mosby craftsmen will ensure that it’s done right the first time.
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