Why do you need gutters?
Seamless gutters prevent water from getting underneath our roofs and inside our walls and from damaging our foundation. Such water damage can be incredibly expensive to repair. Make sure the gutter system you purchase is suitable for the job it must do and that you ensure its proper installation.
Many assume rain gutters are just metal trays but in fact, gutters can be made of a variety of materials. These can include aluminum, copper, and galvalume we use all of these at A.J.’s Seamless Gutters.
What size gutter system is right for your home?
Gutter trench sizes can vary, usually 5 or 6 inches in diameter with the most popular size being 5 inches. Each has its pros and cons. A larger trench can become a nightmare when it comes time to clean but will transport large amounts of water and debris, while the smallest size will need to be monitored regularly to ensure no clogs occur.
K-Style vs. Half Round Gutters
Gutters come in either a trough shape known as a K-style or in a U-shape known as a half-round gutter. K-style gutters are more modern and represent the majority of rain gutters found today. Half-round gutters have a more traditional look, especially when made of copper. Half-round gutters are a popular choice for people wanting a historical look.
Do it yourself or a professional installation?
If you are purchasing a new system, you may wish to install it yourself. Some systems can be installed easily enough which will allow you to save money on the installation but if any mistakes occur during installation this can cause serious damage to your home if the gutter does not prevent rain from entering your home. Money saved on the installation may mean money spent on damage cleanup later.
The biggest benefit to having gutters professionally installed instead of doing it yourself if the ability to have seamless gutters. When you are buying gutters from a hardware store, they come in 10-foot sections. If you are trying to cover a 50-foot section of your home, that means having 5 seams or section joints where there could be leaks and other problems. Seamless gutters consist of a single gutter that is custom-sized to fit your roof. The fewer seams you have, the less likely leaks will occur.
If you are here in the Houston area, you know it can rain here, A LOT! Yet if you are in a dryer part of the country, you have less rain to consider. Your rainfall rates will help you determine the size of your gutter. The more it rains, than the bigger the gutter.