Winter is on its way, and depending on where you live, you have already had your first taste of snow. Snow and winds from snow storms can cause damage to a home, but you can keep this from happening. One thing that can cause damage is problems with your gutters. Below are some tips on checking your gutters as well as the different materials used in case you need to replace them.
When snow covers your roof, it melts and goes to your gutters. If your gutters are full of leaves or other debris, this water has nowhere to go. It will then sit there and freeze at your roof line, causing great damage.
Make sure your gutters are free from all debris. If you see debris, you can use a small hand shovel to get it out or use a garden hose if there is a lot of debris. Check the downspouts to make sure they are secure and direct water away from your home. If they do not, you can add an extension to the downspouts to make them longer.
Walk around your home and make sure none of the gutter system is damaged, such as cracking or sagging. If so, you should consider replacing the gutters.
Choose Gutter Materials
If you decide to replace your gutter system, consider the type of material you want to use. Some of the types you will find include the following.
Aluminum: Aluminum is the most popular material used for gutters, as it is lightweight. This makes it easy to install. Aluminum does not rust, and you can find it in a variety of colors.
Seamless aluminum: These gutters have no seams, and this reduces the chance of their getting leaks. Seamless aluminum gutters are slightly more expensive than traditional aluminum gutters. A professional should install seamless gutters for you because they come in long pieces instead of short, separate pieces.
Vinyl: Vinyl is also popular because it is lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to install for a DIYer. Vinyl may crack if you live in an area with severely cold temperatures, however, and the color may fade due to UV rays.
Steel: Steel is a strong material that will rust over time. The material itself is expensive, and it seems even more expensive when you take into consideration that the material will have to be replaced more often due to rust problems. Steel is very heavy, and so DIY installation isn't advised.
Copper: Copper is a beautiful material, will not rust, and will never need to be painted. Copper is much more expensive than aluminum, and you should consider hiring a professional to install these gutters for you.
Contact a gutter-installation company such as Allstate Gutter & Siding to learn much more about gutters to help you determine what you would like to have on your home.