Clogged gutters can be one of the first signs of spring for many homeowners. And spring is when you need them the most. As rain takes over for snow, carrying water away from your home is an important part of good drainage and keeping water from seeping into your basement.
Tips on Replacing Gutters
Assuming your gutters are fairly clean, one of the best times to assess your gutters is when it’s raining. It’s the easiest way to locate the problems. If you have seamed gutters, connections can be a trouble spot. The connection to the downspout can be another trouble area, especially if the downspout isn’t well-connected to the gutter.
Another telltale sign of gutter issues is if the eaves trough is bent or bows out, spilling water over the trough. There can be lots of reasons for bent gutters. Animals can get on the roof, tree limbs fall during storms and age are all factors.
Next Step in Replacing Gutters
If you’re pretty sure you need new gutters or even repairs, it’s time to call in the gutter experts. Here are some things to consider:
- Get opinions on the best material for gutters on your home. If the current ones are of a cheap, thin material, upgrade. If repairs can be made, consider the options.
- If your gutters were originally of good quality, make your new ones of equal or greater value.
- Better materials may cost a bit more, but they’ll last longer and be less susceptible to damage.
- Give careful consideration to the gutter profile or style of trough. Some are designed to handle greater capacity than others.
- If you live on a treed lot, you might want to consider gutter guards to keep out leaves and twigs.
Most homeowners put a lot of thought and research into getting a new roof. Gutters are just as important. It’s best to get several professional opinions and estimates before making a decision. Arctic Insulation of Marion, IA can help with your gutter questions. Call us today at 319-261-1000.