Gutters might not be the first thing you consider when you are trying to increase the aesthetic appeal of your home, but they play a vital role in keeping your home safe, which makes them an important accessory. The benefits that you receive from the right type and proper installation of gutters are priceless. You probably take your dry basement, perfect topsoil and beautiful siding for granted. If it werenâ€™t for your gutters, those things wouldnâ€™t be as perfect or attractive. Properly fitted and installed gutters are primarily responsible for the beauty and longevity of your home.
If you are trying to determine the type of gutters that you should install, you have several choices to make. The first choice is sectional or seamless. The differences are obvious, sectional gutters have seams and seamless do not. What does this mean to homeowners? Sectional gutters run the risk of leaking at the seams while seamless does not run that risk for obvious reasons.
Both gutter types come in a variety of sizes and colors making it easy to find the gutters that blend into the exterior of your home the best. Seamless gutters are cut to size right on your property and come in various materials such as aluminum, steel and galvanized copper. All gutter types come in various shapes to perfectly fit your home. Once you choose your gutters, you will still have the choice of downspouts to choose from. The most common sizes are 2×3 inches or 3×4 inches, which is available in both rectangular and round. As a general rule, if your area is very leafy, you should choose a larger downspout to prevent clogging. Taking the time to choose the right gutters and care for them should make your gutters last for around 30 years.