05 Jan Why Gutters Are Important
Rain gutters are small but important components of a building’s roofing system and a long-term investment in the infrastructure of your home. A gutter is a trough that collects rain running off a roof and channels it, with proper slopes, to downspouts that carry the rain water to the ground and away from your siding, windows, doors and foundation.
Gutters come in several sizes and shapes called profiles. The most common type of gutter used today is the open gutter, which comes in standard lengths, and also as continuous roll-formed seamless gutters, which must be installed by a contractor. Most residential gutters come in two sizes– 5″ and 6″ –and are made of either aluminum, steel, zinc, vinyl, or copper in a standard “K” style. The typical 5 inch K-style gutter comes with 2 x 3 inch downspouts. A larger residential gutter system would consist of 6 inch K-style gutter using a 3 x 4 inch downspout.
WHY GUTTERS ARE NEEDED
We need gutter systems in order to help reduce water and moisture damage to our homes. Modern homes are designed to conserve or “trap” energy. That’s good. But in the process, such homes can also trap moisture and that can cause big problems. Condensation in attics and walls it can cause fungal wood-rot and that can be very expensive to repair.
Maintaining your roof gutter is fairly straightforward: every three months or so, go up and take a look. Clean out any debris if you don’t use a gutter protection system; there are dozens of tools on the market to help with that. Keep an eye on your gutters. Look for signs that they’re not draining, such as icicles or water dripping over the sides. Patch any holes as soon as possible.
RAIN GUTTER INSTALLATION
If your home needs new rain gutters, working with a professional gutter installation company is great way to keep water damage away. At ProSaver, our gutter contractors are local, licensed, and insured to install new seamless gutters and guards that will fit your home perfectly.