Gutters And Downspouts
When it comes time to put gutters on your home or business there are a few things to consider. The price will be reflective of the material thickness, size, shape and ad-on features. The value of an experienced gutter installation crew can not be under estimated. Gutters are commonly installed improperly. The results of this can cause major damage to your home and most companies will not accept responsibility damage. Be sure to have it in writing that any damage,flooding,gutter overload, is the responsibility of the contractor.Gutter Thickness is rated differently, depending on the material used. A thicker gutter system will be sturdier, more durable, and more expensive. Aluminum systems range from .019 to .032 inches in thickness.
Seamless Gutter systems are most popular but require professional installers. In a seamless system, an installer will use a special machine on-site to form long stretches of gutter that will run the length of the roof-line without a seam. No seams means less places for gutters to leak and malfunction.
Gutter Size is an important factor in choosing gutters. A homeowner will have to choose from gutter size (the measurement of the top opening), downspout size (length and width or diameter), and thickness. The most common gutter sizes are 5 inches and 6 inches. Downspouts are commonly 2 x 3 inches and 3 x 4 inches in size.
“Moisture problems around the home and other buildings, including those found in gutters, can cause pest infestations and all sorts of structural damage. In fact, mosquitoes will breed in standing water most often found in gutters, while carpenter ants can build nests in moist wood caused by clogged gutters. Even termites thrive on the moisture on wood to survive.”
When determining the size of a home’s gutter system, a homeowner should consider the area’s rainfall density. A home that sees a lot of rain or has a steep roof pitch should have a larger gutter system. Similarly, a home surrounded by tall trees will need a larger system to accommodate falling leaves without clogging.
Gutter installation should follow a couple basic rules. Gutters must be pitched so water will flow to the downspouts. The rule of thumb for this slope is a vertical 1/2 inch for every 10 feet of horizontal run. If the run is more than 35 feet long, some specialists recommend installing the high point of the system in the middle and sloping the gutter downward in both directions to downspouts on both ends of the run. Water exiting the downspout must always be directed away from the foundation.
The gutter industry has seen an explosion in the accessory side of the industry. Screens, barriers, and other devices used to keep foreign objects out of the gutter are literally everywhere. When considering such accessories, homeowners will want to evaluate the types of debris that may land on or in their gutter. Homeowners will want to consider everything from the number of trees to the types of leaves. Gutters are most commonly clogged by leaves, pine needles, and helicopter seeds.