Why does my house need rain gutters?
Rain gutters collect water that runs off the roof, and carries it safely away from the house via a ground drain or other method. Without gutters, falling rainwater can get into the basement or foundation of the home, causing severe damage, in addition to eroding surrounding landscaping, and possibly causing flooding. In short, you need them because they’re important.
How often should I clean my gutters?
For most people, gutters should be cleaned twice a year – once in fall and once in spring. If you have large pine trees, however, they might need to be cleaned three or four times per year. If you don’t properly clean your gutters, the additional weight and standing water can lead to rot and damage. Over the course of the winter, clogged gutters can also lead to ice dams, which cause severe roof and structural damage to your home.
How often do I need to replace my gutters?
There’s no set rule on this, but some signs that you probably need new gutters are patches of rust, leaks in corners, hanging or fallen portions of gutter, and other visible wear and tear. Stainless aluminum gutters can last a lifetime if they’re regularly cleaned and well-maintained.
Should I get gutter guards or covers?
Absolutely. Good, well-installed gutter guards virtually eliminate the need for regular cleanings. Some are better than others. Solid gutter hoods offer the best protection, but can be costly. A wire mesh gutter guard is a little more economical, but might not catch everything.
What’s the difference between regular gutters and seamless rain gutters?
While regular gutters are typically made from short, prefabricated segments attached to each other at a seam, seamless gutters are exactly what they sound like – seamless. Seamless gutters are made out of extruded aluminum made to the exact length needed for your home. No seams mean fewer chances for a leak.
Are All Rain Gutters Aluminum?
Aluminum is probably the most popular option for rain gutters, because it’s durable and relatively inexpensive, but it’s far from the only option. Copper is another popular choice, which is an expensive one, but adds a distinct and attractive look to your home. Galvanized steel is another option, among the most durable and cost-effective, although it eventually rusts.
What colors do rain gutters come in?
While white and brown are the most popular colors for rain gutters, and certain models may only have those as options, gutters can come in a variety of whites, greys, greens, blues, and more.
Will my homeowner’s insurance cover gutter maintenance and replacement?
Depending on your policy, your insurance might cover repairs cause by an accident, fire, or other act of god, but generally damage caused by regular wear and tear is not covered by insurance.
If you have more questions or want to get your gutters cleaned or replaced in Connecticut, call CT Gutter at (203) 878-2411.