Gutters are an integral part of your roofing system. Your gutters protect your property against water damage by channeling water away from the roof, foundation, and sides of your house.
Here are some useful tips to get the most out of your gutters:
Use Gutter Guards
A gutter guard is designed to prevent debris and leaves from entering the gutter. The most common materials used for gutter guards are aluminum, PVC, copper, vinyl, and steel.
There are several benefits of gutter guards. When installed correctly, a gutter guard can help prevent mice and insect infestations. They offer added fire protection and prevent premature rust and corrosion. A functional gutter guard improves gutters water flow and prevents water blockages.
Use the Right Contractor for Gutters Installation
The way your gutters is installed will have a significant impact on its longevity and functionality. If you are thinking of installing your gutters yourself, think again! Though taking the DIY route can deliver savings in the short run, it may prove costly in the long run.
Any mistake or oversight can compromise the structural integrity of your gutter, and you may end up spending a ton of money on repairs. Gutters installation is best left to the Santa Rosa-based experts at ARS, your first (and only) stop when looking for an experienced and established contractor with a proven track record of success.
Check the online ratings of your preferred contractors. While the price is a major factor when choosing a contractor, do not settle for a professional who quotes a price unrealistically lower than the market rate.
Keep Up With Maintenance
Have your gutters maintained by a professional twice a year. During a maintenance session, your contractor will clean your gutters thoroughly, test for leaks, and clear out downspouts.
The professional will remove leaves, debris, and twigs and other materials that can block the flow of rainwater through the gutter. Your contractor will also fix holes & dents and secure loose gutters to prevent common problems.
Use the Right Materials
When choosing materials for your gutters, consider important factors such as local weather conditions, your budget, and roof pitch. Let us take a look at the pros and cons of some of the most used materials for gutters:
Galvanized Steel Gutters
Pros: Available in a variety of styles and sizes. Perfectly matches with almost any roofing design. Can last for 20 years or more. Doesn’t dent easily.
Cons: Galvanized gutters are more expensive than many other types of gutters. They require frequent maintenance.
Pros: Famed for its elegant appearance and durability, copper is a high-end material.
Cons: Fluctuating price.
Pros: Superior durability. Does not rust or dent easily. Can withstand contraction and expansion due to temperature changes.
Cons: More expensive than many other materials
ARS Roofing, Gutters & Solar offers cost-effective and sustainable roofing solutions for every need. Our roofing products meet the highest quality standards. To discuss your gutters installation project in Santa Rosa, call us at (707) 584-5900.