Gutter installation: what you need to know
Gutter installation in Greenville SC and Charlotte NC can be one of the most ignored parts of a homeowner’s maintenance priorities. This is understandable, gutters are simple in their operation and design, they will carry the water from your roof to the ground. Some people will think that it’s ok to pull them down and not have to deal with them anymore, but is this a good idea?
What do they do?
Diverting water away from your home is the only job that your gutters have. Large amounts of rain can damage your house, especially your windows, siding, foundation, and doors. You can end up with a long list of costly damages without gutters. Extensive water damage can happen when water pools around your home’s foundation and find its way into areas where it shouldn’t be.
Your gutters protect your home’s foundation, protects your landscape, preventing erosion, and stops your basement from flooding. They will also stop any stains from forming around your home’s exterior, stops mold and mildew growth, and mitigate any damage to your paint.
What to do if you need gutters
Rain gutters can come in both professionally installed and DIY variety. DIY gutter systems come in sheet metal, vinyl, and aluminum and can be found in any of your local home improvement stores so you can put the gutters up yourself. Or, your best option is to have the gutters installed by a professional roofing company.
You should look for these measurements:
- “K” style or a “U” shape
- Channels can usually be found in 4,5-, or 6-inch diameter
- Matching downspouts are 2-by-3-inch or 3-by-4-inch rectangular pieces or 3- or 4-inch round.
The importance of maintenance
It is also important to maintain your gutters. In order for them to work properly, you will need to keep any leaves and debris clear from the gutters and downspouts with regular maintenance. You will either have to climb a ladder and clean them out yourself or you can also hire a professional cleaner to come to your house and do it for you. A good rule of thumb to follow is to clean your gutters twice a year or more if there is a lot of trees that are hanging over your house or you are living in an area that has a lot of storms throughout the year.
Greenville SC and Charlotte gutter installation as a worthwhile investment
The gutter installation has its benefits for your home and this is an investment that you should consider making. Don’t let water buildup damage your home by taking the necessary steps to have gutters installed or by performing the proper maintenance of the gutters that are on your home now.
Steele Restoration is a fully licensed and insured Charlotte NC and Greenville SC-based general contractor and roofing company specializing in roofing, siding, and storm damage restoration for single-family homes, multi-family complexes, and commercial and industrial sites. We service Charlotte and surrounding areas including Rock Hill, Lake Norman, Steele Creek, Matthews, Ballantyne, and Blakeney, along with Greenville and Spartanburg SC areas.