Whether you are replacing old gutters or installing a set on a new home, the type of gutters you can choose from will make your home look great and also add good drainage for your home's foundation protection. Not only do gutters add to your home's aesthetics, but the type you choose can also aid in their future maintenance and durability. Here are some recommendations to help you in your choice of home roof gutters for a well-maintained exterior drainage system and improved home appearance and value.
Consider the Gutter Material
Your home's rain gutters need to provide proper water flow off of your roof but need to last a long time. Gutters are traditionally made out of metal materials, but they can also be made of wood or similar material. However, metals that don't rust or discolor are more optimal choices because they look great and last a long time without having to be repaired or replaced.
Copper gutters are one of these types of materials because they can last for decades on your house. And with age, a copper gutter system is going to get an attractive patina that makes the gutter's appearance look even better than the day it was installed. Check into a seamless gutter for your home's roof edges so you don't have the extra connections and seams that can lead to deterioration of your gutters. This type of gutter option will help you avoid leaks in the gutters when the seams rust and corrode and you also won't have to worry about the metal breaking down like some types of weaker materials can do.
Evaluate Drainage Issues
A good gutter system installed on your roof should provide water collection and divert it well away from your home. The areas you will need to be concerned about installing gutters in are those that are above a roof edge where the water will fall directly onto the soil of bedding areas, which can cause foundation issues. The soil below the roof without a gutter will experience erosion to the area. Over time, the soil will move downward leaving a dip in the soil and a loss of bedding soil.
Also, a roof's edge that allows water to fall onto a walkway, patio, or driveway poses a slipping hazard, so gutters should be installed there as well. Water dripping from the roof onto the pavement can make the pavement slippery, and in the winter will freeze into an ice layer.
Contact a gutter company to learn more about seamless copper rain gutter installation.