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Your system may be clogged, sagging, improperly mounted, leaking, or dealing with any other problems. Leaving these problem areas unattended can lead to various damages.
- Basement Flooding – Pooling water at the foundation can slowly seep into your basement and wreak havoc on your home.
- Yard Erosion – Over time, when water drains through your yard it causes the grass and dirt to eventually wash away leaving an ugly bare spot.
- Mold & Mildew – Stagnant and pooling water sits at the base of your roof or the foundation causing cracks. As a result, this causes leaks to attics, ceilings, walls, and/or basements.
- Discoloration – When water overflows from clogs it runs down the side of your home and can discolor the siding or brick.
- Insects – Pooling water is the ultimate breeding ground for mosquitos and other insects.
Types of Gutters
Here at Van Martin of Dayton, Ohio, we have an array of different types of gutters that each have their pros and cons. We can help you choose the style that best fits your budget and other needs.
- Aluminum – This option is the most popular across the country for its easy installation, as well as its affordability. Although, aluminum can easily dent with a good amount of pressure or with an impact from debris.
- Vinyl – Vinyl is in the same category as aluminum for it’s easy installation and affordability. It can, however, crack and grow brittle in extremely cold conditions.
- Steel – Steel is another popular option that is extremely durable. These systems add a great amount of curb appeal but can tend to be expensive.
- Copper – These systems are also very stylish with excellent durability, but can be costly as well.
- Wood – We have wood gutter available. Although, they are primarily installed on historic buildings where the style of the structure is more important than costs of maintenance.
Gutter guards are a mesh screen that covers the trough of your system and keeps leaves and other large debris from entering it. With gutter guards, you can rest much easier knowing there will be little maintenance needed and virtually zero chance of your system becoming clogged. Less debris in your system also protects steel systems from rusting where wet objects lay and corrode away at the metal.
Gutters should be regularly checked and maintained by the homeowner to keep the system running as efficiently as possible. We recommend gutter maintenance be conducted twice a year, in the spring and the fall. To simplify maintenance, you can also look into gutter guards.