Gutters and downspouts are a crucial part of your home’s drainage system. They are capable of directing large volumes of water away from your home, thus protecting it from excess moisture. There are many options and choices when designing a gutter and downspout system.
Seamless gutters are less likely to leak than those that have to be glued together in a lot of places. They are one of the most popular options for homeowners replacing or initially installing gutters. The gutters are rolled out and shaped by Perdomo Roofing & Sheetmetal, LLC after exact measurements of your structure are taken. Seamless metal gutters come in many colors to match your roof or the paint of your home or business. Seamless gutters are only available through a contractor due to the equipment required to shape and install them. Long downspouts might have a seam or two but this is not important because the water is flowing so rapidly and not likely to leak at a seam unless the downspout becomes clogged.
This is the type of gutters that can be bought at any home improvement store. Normally they come in ten foot sections. These sections are attached together and sealed using silicone or similar. Many of them are plastic and do not last as long as a metal gutter. The plastic does not have the UV resistance and strength of metal. However they are used a lot because they are convenient and the go to for do-it-yourself installers. They are much more likely to leak and sag than metal due to the increased seams and the buildup of debris can create too much weight.
Gutter Screens or Guards
Unless you want to have to clean your gutters fairly often, it is recommended that new gutters be installed with screens or gutter guards that drop into the gutter and block large debris such as leaves and sticks from clogging your gutters. While you cannot give up totally on gutter maintenance even with screens, they make the gutters much easier to clean because light debris at most might have to be wiped from the top of the guard. Gutter screens do a lot without adding a larger amount of expense to your gutter project.
There are gutter guards out there that they guarantee will never have to be cleaned of debris but they cost a very significant amount more initially than just gutter screens. However if you have to pay someone to clean your gutters, this increased cost is not as significant in the long term.
Downspouts must be planned carefully to make sure that the water goes the way you want it too. Too few downspouts can lead to gutters overflowing during times of heavy rain and storms. It does not pay to have too few.
Multiple Story Gutter Systems
While some do-it-yourself types might try to put gutters on a single story structure, multiple story gutter systems get much more complicated and hazardous to install. Seamless guttering helps reduce the chances of leaks on multiple story gutter systems.
Flat Roof Gutter Systems
Gutter system maintenance on a flat roof system is incredibly important. A lot of damage done to flat roofs occurs due to clogged gutters and downspouts causing water to pool on the roof, increasing the weight and stress on the roof. Gutters and downspouts should be checked as a matter of routine after any major storm or precipitation.
Perdomo Roofing & Sheetmetal, LLC is a local New Orleans area contractor with many years of experience installing gutter systems on all types and sizes of business and homes. Give us a call today and let us know what we can do for you.