Assessing your gutter system is part and parcel of being a homeowner. In fact even if you are not a homeowner, as a tenant it is definitely worth carrying out these checks, as it will help you safeguard your belongings from water damage. I’ve outlined the importance of guttering numerous times on this website, so those of you who visit my site regularly will know how essential they are too safe guarding your home. If installed in the correct manner, your basement, attic, inner and outer walls will all be moisture free and therefor, not subjected to the mould and rot associated with water damage. When it comes to keeping your home in tip top shape, water is not your friend and if given the chance, will cause havoc.
Guttering can be comprised of many different materials and the choice definitely is endless. From really inexpensive plastic vinyl to very expensive stainless steel, your local building suppliers will have a model that suits your every need. Although vinyl and aluminium are by far the most popular, you are not limited to these options. I have even seen wood used by those looking to go for a retro option. I personally would not recommend wood. It looks really well and unlike anything else but it can be an absolute nightmare to maintain. Wood and running water are two elements that just don’t mix well and more often than not, you will spend an incredible amount of money maintaining them. If it is the more traditional look you are after why not go for copper. Copper doesn’t cost as much as steel and is more robust than aluminium or vinyl. Copper doesn’t react with air in its natural state and therefor does not require galvanising or painting to prevent rusting. I personally would paint them, unless the natural orange/brown colour sits well with the overall colour scheme of your house.
If your budget can stretch to it, why not go for stainless steel gutters. They’re a guaranteed once in a lifetime purchase and they require very little maintenance. Installation can be difficult due to the sheer weight of the gutters but once they are up there, they generally don’t move, regardless of the weather conditions they are subject to. If a branch falls on them, unless it’s the size of a tree the gutter will not fall. You can even lean your ladder (although not recommended) against these gutters without causing any damage, although painted gutters may get scraped a little. Although more expensive, you will save money in the long run and if you are prepared to take the initial hit, steel gutters should be the only option for you.
Choosing new rain gutters is all about weighing up the different options and then making a decision on what best meets your requirements. It is definitely not something you should rush into without taking everything into consideration first. There will be more to come on this subject, so check out this website regularly to keep up to date with all the latest news.