3 Factors to Consider When Buying New Rain Gutters

Your home’s structural stability is dependent on the amount of moisture that is able to infiltrate its building envelope. Multiple elements in the design of a home contribute to its ability to avoid moisture exposure, but none of these elements can provide the level of protection that rain gutters can.

The right rain gutters can work in coordination with your home’s roofing system to prevent leaks, moist basements, and any deterioration caused by standing water.

Here are three factors that should be taken into consideration when selecting new rain gutters for your home.

 

1. Roof Design

Carefully examine the design of your home’s roof before you decide on a new rain gutter system. Many roof design elements can play a major role in determining which type of rain gutter system can accommodate the drainage needs of your home.

Pitch and valleys are two design aspects of your roof that should play a role in gutter selection.

The steeper the pitch, the more windblown rain that your roof will collect during a storm. Homes with steep roof pitches need rain gutters that can accommodate a larger volume of water.

Roof valleys increase the flow rate of water during heavy rains. Any water runoff from your roof valleys can overshoot an improper gutter system.

Consider pitch and valleys, along with the square footage of your roof and the maximum average rainfall in your area, to determine the gutter size that will work best for your home.

An experienced contractor will be able to help you calculate the area and roof-pitch factor of your property so that you can identify rain gutter systems that will meet your drainage needs over time.

 

2. Cost

Cost is always a contributing factor in purchases that will improve your home’s performance. Fortunately, reliable rain gutters can be found in almost any price range.

A difference in material is the primary cause of the cost differential seen in rain gutter systems. The level of expertise required for installation will also have a direct impact on the total cost of new rain gutters.

Vinyl rain gutters are very affordable. They are lightweight and easy to install, making them one of the most affordable options for modern homeowners.

You can expect to pay more for the materials and installation of copper rain gutter systems. Although the initial cost of copper gutters may seem high, these gutters don’t need to be replaced as often as their less expensive counterparts. This will save you money over the life of your gutters.

Aluminum gutters fall between vinyl and copper gutters in terms of cost, performance, and durability. They often come in seamless options and won’t rust over time.

 

3. Maintenance

Maintenance requirements should also factor into your decision when investing in new rain gutters. A gutter system that isn’t properly maintained can actually be detrimental to your home’s structural stability and safety.

Most rain gutters must be maintained through routine clean-outs, replacement of corroded sections, and straightening any bends or dents that appear over the life of the gutters.

You can effectively reduce the amount of time and money you spend maintaining your gutters if you install a rain gutter system that includes gutter guards.

Gutter guards filter out leaves, branches, and other debris that can clog up your rain gutters. Keeping these items out of your rain gutters lets the gutter system divert water away from your home more efficiently.

Call the experienced contractors at Gutter Shutter if you are ready for new rain gutters. We can help you decide which rain gutter system will provide the best performance and protection that your home needs.