Finding Good Rain Gutters

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 13, 2017)

Rain gutters are often an underrated part of the home that goes unnoticed until it is too late. Typically the only time the average home owner actually thinks about their rain gutters is when the existing ones fail for some reason. By investing a little time in finding good rain gutters, you can actually reduce the amount of work and hassle that you may find yourself faced with year round. Luckily, finding good rain gutters is only a matter of following a few simple guidelines.

  • Materials. Rain gutters come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. The material that you choose your rain gutters to be made from can often affect their longevity. Before choosing a specific type of material simply because "it looks good," take time to consider a few things. For example, are you living in an area that is particularly cold for several months out of the year? If so, then you may want to consider using aluminum for your rain gutter material. This material is durable, resists extreme weather change well, and won't fade or look old for years to come. However, if you are looking for an inexpensive option, then you may want to consider going with vinyl. While vinyl isn't as durable as aluminum, it is easily the least expensive type to purchase.
  • Types of systems. The type of rain gutter system that you choose can also make a huge impact on a gutter's performance. Do you want system which is made up of several sections, or one that will only have one gutter for the entire length, or width, of the home? Sectional rain gutters are easier to install, while the single piece units leak less. Also, consider the options that come with the type of system. For example, does the system that you are looking at come with a cover or guard? While not necessary, these types of "options" or accessories can greatly reduce the wear, tear, and maintenance on the gutters.
  • Ease of installment. Do you want to do your own installation, or are you planning on hiring someone to do the work for you? When you are considering doing your own work, remember that you will be the one that does it. While this may sound redundant, many times it is something that we forget in our enthusiasm. This means that we can often find ourselves bitting off something more than we can accomplish. Before you make your final decision, makes sure that you ask yourself (honestly) whether or not you can actually accomplish the work.
  • Be realistic. When finding good rain gutters, one of the things that people absolutely tend to forget is that rain gutters will require maintenance. This means that, regardless of the system that you choose, you will still need to get up on a ladder and periodically conduct some cleaning. If you someone tries to tell you that you will never need to do any work again with a particular type of gutter system, then be extremely cautious.

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Lee Wyatt

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