Several types of gutters are available for installation by the homeowner or by a roofing contractor. When choosing, consider the benefits and drawbacks of each type, so that you can install the type most suitable for your home.
Vinyl and aluminum gutters are easily installed and maintained and are affordable. However, vinyl gutters can grow brittle and crack in extreme cold, and aluminum gutters can dent if a good amount of pressure is placed on them. Steel and copper gutters are more durable and can add curb appeal to a home, but are more expensive. Wood gutters are available, but are primarily installed on historical homes, where sustaining the style of the home is more important than cost and maintenance.
Homeowners should regularly inspect, clean, and repair gutters to ensure that they effectively direct water away from the home. Gutter guards are another option available for your gutter system. These screened or metal guards are installed over the troughs to prevent leaves and large debris from getting into gutters.Without gutter guards, homeowners should conduct gutter maintenance at least twice a year, in the spring and fall.
For more information about gutter installation and maintenance, contact Van Martin Roofing at 937-222-7855 or through the Van Martin website.