Which Styles and Sizes of Gutters Are Best?
Gutters perform a crucial role in rainy Vancouver, Washington. And if not properly cared for, they can sag, dent and cause leakage problems in or around your home. Major problems can occur if rainwater is not properly channeled away from the foundation. Mildew and mold can build up in the basement and crawlspaces leading to pricey repairs. Furthermore, the foundation can weaken if inundated with water over time.
When yearly cleaning and repair isn’t enough, it’s time for a gutter system replacement. As you begin the process, you’ll realize you have more questions about material type, color, and style. Gutters generally come in aluminum, plastic, copper, and cast iron. The best gutters to install depend on your particular preferences and budget, but here are some facts about the different materials:
Aluminum – Aluminum gutters are the most common for homes in the Vancouver area. They are lightweight, low-maintenance, and usually come in a variety of colors and seamless options.
Plastic or Vinyl – These are also lightweight, low-maintenance, and easy to work with should you need to perform any repairs. Vinyl gutters are rust resistant and easy to cut if you ever need to make adjustments. Installation is also fairly easy and low-cost.
Copper – Copper rain gutters’ main claims to fame are their unique beauty and corrosion resistance. This type of material is considered specialty because it is attractive and extremely durable. But make no mistake about it, it’s costly. These types of gutters are usually seen on higher-end log, cottage, stone, and European-style homes. The installation cost, however, is compensated by needing fewer replacements over time.
Cast Iron – This type of gutter is mostly made for heritage homes and is so durable, it may never need replacement. Cast iron gutter systems usually come with ornamental options for downspouts.
Steel – Stainless steel gutters are said to be indestructible. But compared to their cast iron and copper counterparts, this may be a slight exaggeration. In addition to being very durable, this type of material retains its shine for years and is more common than other high-end materials.
Environmentally Friendly Options to Consider
If you consider the lifecycle of the product – from manufacturing to disposal or recycling, a thicker, longer-lasting gutter material will have the least environmental impact. This will reduce the need for replacement and section repairs. In the short term, a rain catchment system will make good use of roof runoff. You can hook cisterns or rain barrels up to a downspout diverter and use the water for gardens with non-edible plants.
The Shape of Gutters
Gutters can also come in a few different shapes. Make sure you know which one your current system has if you’d like to keep it the same.
- Square line decorative
- Box square profile
- K style
How Do I Prepare for Professional Gutter Replacement?
You’ll want to ask about things like whether splash blocks are included, how the system is assembled (is it seamless or sectional?), and of course a cost estimate. Splash blocks are the little catch trays that sit on the ground under the downspout opening and direct water away from the foundation.
A seamless gutter system minimizes leaks and stands up to wind, weather, and falling debris better than sectional alternatives. Seamless gutters also blend well with the soffit and fascia of the house. No one wants gutters that look fit awkwardly on the eaves of their roof.
Make Your New Gutter System Last!
If you’ve chosen a durable material and a quality company like Dr. Roof, Inc. to install your gutters, you can sit back and enjoy the peace of mind of having a proper drainage system protect your home from water damage. It’s always a good idea to clean your gutter system at least once a year so clogs don’t develop, and check the system for damage after storms.