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Rain gutters do a very important job for your home, but it seems that most people only pay attention to their gutters when they aren’t working! Not surprisingly, many of your home’s features fall into this category. Your roof, windows, doors, air conditioning system, and major appliances don’t get much thanks on a day-to-day basis, but they get a whole lot of attention when something goes wrong.
Choosing the right gutters for your home is a big decision because they will be the only line of defense that your roof has against the elements. Properly installed, rain gutters have the ability to direct precipitation away from your home and save you from a multitude of problems. Your roof, of course, benefits from consistent drainage system. Standing water can create all sorts of leak issues for your roof, and runoff water that pools around the foundation of your home can cause damage to your basement, flooding in your crawlspace, and erosion of expensive landscaping.
For these reasons, gutters are extremely important! If you are building a new home or business or if your current gutters are in need of replacing, you have a major decision before you. Here are some things to consider:
Naturally, you want your gutters to look good since they will be a prominent fixture on the outside of your house. There are several varieties of rain gutters to choose from. Aluminum and vinyl gutters blend in to your home’s exterior quite well and are virtually unobtrusive to the overall appearance of your home.
If money is no object, spring for the most expensive types of gutters: steel, copper, and stainless steel. These varieties are meant to be seen! They come in many decorative styles and work well on homes with expensive building materials such as stone, tile, and brick. Quality gutters also make for more affordable roofing services since your roof will likely be in better shape.
- Ease of installation
If you want the job done quickly, choose gutters that are easy to work with. Aluminum again gets the nod here, as do vinyl gutters. Aluminum is a more fragile material and can, therefore, bend and dent, but vinyl is not only tough, but it’s very light and durable as well. More expensive gutters such as those made of copper are not as easy to install, plus not many roofers are experienced working with these rarer materials.
When buying new gutters or replacing only ones, you have to weigh the price versus the value. Stainless steel and steel are going to last for a very long time, barring an damage, but they are one of the more expensive options. Copper lasts, too, but the oxidization process that copper will inevitably go through will turn it a teal green color that you might not be in favor of in a few years. Vinyl and aluminum are quality materials for your rain gutters as well, so you really can’t go wrong with any of these options in the longevity category!
Thomas Roofing can help you make a pros and cons list to determine which type of gutters will be best for your home or business. Quality rain gutters is a crucial element in order to keep your Phoenix, Arizona roof in quality shape. Give us a call any time for advice on rain gutters!