If you are in the market for new gutters on your Connecticut home, we’d like to help you. If you think all gutters are the same, guess again. From copper and zinc to galvanized steel and aluminum there are many materials to choose from. You may also want to install a gutter guard system that prevents rain and debris from clogging the gutter channel.
Here are a few tips to help get you started on shopping for new gutters.
Know your Needs: A good idea before looking at gutters is to find out the average rainfall in your area. You should also calculate the square footage of your roof. These metrics will indicate how much rain you get and how much surface area you will need to drain. Since gutters come in several size varieties it is important to know which size fits.
Material: Gutters come in many materials. Vinyl, plastic, zinc, copper and stainless steel are just a few of the options available. Each material has pros and cons and it really depends on your individual needs and home style in what material is best. While copper looks very shiny at first it will fade to a green patina over time and while vinyl is durable, it often needs additional coating to protect from temperature extremes. Research each material and decide on the best one.
Installation: Once you chosen a gutter system now comes the hard part. Installing gutters isn’t the hardest job in the world but it’s not exactly easy either. And if you don’t know what you’re doing you could make a costly mistake that may lead to ceiling leaks, clogs and falling sections. Your best bet is to contract with a gutter installation expert who knows exactly what he’s doing and will back his work up with a guarantee.