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Types of Residential Rain Gutters

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in new gutters, Seamless Gutters | 2 comments

The protection of your home from water damage is crucial in the maintenance & care of your property. Rain gutters are aid in this process by fitting just under the eves of the roof & direct the water through troughs & downspouts that conform to the walls to places far enough away from the house to reduce water damage. Rain gutters keeping the rain away from the areas around the house itself & keep the water from seeping into the foundation. Flooding into the foundations, basement or crawl spaces can cause erosion around the house & permanent damage to the structure. And since many insurance policies do not cover damage from flooding, in is vital to have a method to keep the water away. Installing rain gutters is a fairly inexpensive way to protect the structure of your house & ensure a sound foundation.

Rains gutters are made out of several types of materials; the three most usual of which are aluminum, PVC & copper. Some are constructed out of wood, yet this is rare. PVC gutters are the least expensive of the three & are the easiest to work with; they can fit any house & come in various color choices to match your home (this type is not recommended overall this type does not last the test of time). Aluminum gutters cost more yet are far superior they are the toughest of the three , they moreover last the longest & come in various color choices to match your home they moreover can be painted to mach the trim of your house. Copper gutters are the most expensive yet they look tremendous & conduct heat well, so if you live in a very cold climate, they can assist with ice buildup.

There are two types of rain gutters. First is a seamless gutter system. Each edge of your roof is fitted with a single strip of painted aluminum. These rain gutters are constructed right at your home by Everything Gutter & can span up to 500 ft of roof length. The second type is the older system, where sections or pieces of gutter are fitted together into a custom arrangement & configuration witch leaves you with seams all over, this is the older type system witch we currently do not use & do not recommend.

Rain gutters are relatively effortless to maintain & should be cleaned & inspected at least twice a year. If you have a lot of trees around your property, you might need to clean them more often. Cleaning involves removing leaves & debris & washing them with a high pressure hose. If you live in areas that require more cleaning, or have a lot of trees, you may want to look into gutter protection devices that cover the opening of the gutter. This allows water to go into the gutter, yet the debris fall over the edge of the roof.

If rain gutters are installed properly, they will look great, prolong the life of your foundation & reduce future cost of repairs down the road. So if you decide to install rain gutters, Contact us to obtain your free evaluation on cost, materials & layout.

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