Your gutter system is your home’s unsung hero. Along with your roofing system and exterior siding, your gutters and downspouts perform the all-important task of diverting water away from your home to prevent it from seeping into your walls and damaging your foundation. If you are in the market for new gutters, then there are several important questions that you need to ask in order to make the most informed decision possible.
Question #1: What Style Should I Choose?
There are two main gutter styles currently in use today: K-style and half-round gutters. K-style gutters are the most widely used gutters in the United States today since they can hold more water than half-round gutters. They are also less likely to bend due to force and are generally more durable than their half-round counterpart.
Most roofers recommend using half-round gutters if you own a metal roof or if your home was built before the 1950s as they are more historically accurate. These are great if you own an older house or are working on a home restoration project.
Question #2: Should I Get Seamed or Seamless Gutters?
Most roofing contractors will recommend installing seamless gutters if budget isn’t an issue. They are more expensive, but are definitely worth the extra cost since they are tailor-made specifically for your home. Seamed gutters, on the other hand, come in sections and also offer great value for their price point. The only downside is they are more prone to leakage and debris buildup along their seams.
Question #3: What Size Gutters Should I Get?
This will depend on how much rainfall your area gets. To answer this question, be sure to work with a local roofing company with an intimate knowledge of your climate to make sure that you get gutters that are the appropriate size for your location.
We at Roof Masters are committed to the highest quality and workmanship standards when it comes to your roof, siding and gutters. Since 1994, we have expertly serviced thousands of homes throughout Rockville, MD, and its surrounding communities. If you need an expert to install your gutters, be sure to give us a call at (301) 230-7663, or fill out our contact form to get a free quotation today.