Gutter & Gutter Guard Installation
Protect Your Home With Gutters
An effective gutter system is essential to maintaining the integrity of your home. Gutters consist of troughs that are installed at a subtle slope around the entire home. These troughs direct water to the corners of the home toward the downspouts. In turn, the water flows away from the home and doesn’t pool at the foundation, which causes costly damage.
Van Martin Roofing will always go out of the way to install a quality gutter system, downspouts, and accessories. By installing a quality drainage system, you’ll reap several benefits. However, if you cut corners, you may run into several issues with your gutters and downspouts.
Dangers of an Inadequate Gutter System
Proper installation and maintenance of a system are vital. However, an improperly installed gutter system will result in severe, costly damages. These damages include:
- Basement flooding: Pooled-up water near the foundation will leak into the lower areas of the home.
- Yard erosion: Water that isn’t pushed away far enough from the property will erode certain areas around the home.
- Mold and Mildew: Clogged/damp areas will lead to the origination of mold. From there, mold/mildew will lead to cracking and leaking in attics, ceilings, wall spaces, and/or basements.
- Discoloration: Leaking water from your gutters will discolor the siding, concrete, or brick, and can eventually start to warp siding as well.
- Roof Leaks: moisture at the base of your roof will wear down your roofing materials. Eventually, this could cause a roof leak.
Additionally, a clogged gutter system will cause pools of water that will serve as a breeding ground for insects. These insects like mosquitos are incredibly pesky and hard to get rid of. Given the danger of the West Nile virus, homeowners should be wary of such breeding grounds.
Gutter guards provide several benefits to homeowners. Specifically, they provide assurance that your system won’t get clogged with leaves or large debris. Additionally, they allow you to maintain your system easily. With this product, cleanings are required less often and are less extensive.
Less gutter cleaning means less of a safety risk that comes with the task of working atop a ladder. Gutter guards will also stop your system from prematurely rusting due to wet debris residing in the troughs. Van Martin installs several different types of gutter guards. No matter what your needs are, Van Martin will provide.
Different Types of Gutters
Van Martin has several types of materials that are available for installation. When choosing, consider the benefits and drawbacks of each type, so that you will choose the type most suitable for your home. Whether you’re concerned about cost, durability, or curb appeal, Van Martin will have exactly what you need.
Vinyl and aluminum gutters are easily installed, maintained, and are affordable. However, vinyl gutters will grow brittle and crack in extreme cold. Aluminum materials will dent once a fair amount of pressure is placed on them.
Steel and copper gutters are more durable and add curb appeal to a home, but are more expensive.
Wooden gutter materials are available but are primarily installed on historical homes, where sustaining the style of the home is more important than cost and maintenance.
If you’re unsure about which system to choose, Van Martin will work with you to help you make the best decision for your gutters and roof. Our experts will help you select the best system that works for you and your home.
Homeowners should regularly inspect, clean, and repair their drainage systems. This ensures that they effectively direct water away from the home. Gutter guards are another option available for your drainage system. These screened or metal guards are installed over the troughs to prevent leaves and large debris from causing problems. Without this product, homeowners should conduct gutter maintenance at least twice a year, in the spring and fall.