Installing Gutters in Your Home? Here’s a Must Read

a rain gutterInstalling new gutters in a home is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some people do not like doing it. However, gutters are an addition to your home and are an investment. And as usual, as with anything you do for the first time, you need to familiarize yourself with some basic concepts.

Below are things to look for before buying new rain gutters in Utah.

Material

The first decision you need to make is whether you will buy plastic or metal gutters. PVC gutters are the most common types of gutters, thanks to their versatility. PVC gutters are low maintenance, fit easily, and cheaper than metal gutters.

The Basic Styles

There are four basic styles of PVC gutters: deep flow, half-round, ogee, and square. If you have a standard-sized roof, a square or half-round gutter will be appropriate. Ogee or deep flow gutter suit a large house as they can handle a large volume of water.

The deeper flow is more of the half-round but is a bit deeper. The ogee gutter takes a molded shape and contains decorative features on the front.

Color

PVC gutter systems come in three main colors: brown, black, and white. Choose a color that matches the style of your house. The good thing is that you can paint PVC a color of your choice after installation. Be careful not to paint during the rainy season as the rainwater can wash away the paint.

Manufacturer’s Guarantee

Your money is valuable and you ought to get the real value for your money. Ensure you buy gutters that have a guarantee from the manufacturer. This way you have somewhere to run to should the gutter seals start leaking or the gutter system fails.

Most importantly do not forget to take the measurements of your house correctly. Make a sketch of the house for a clearer vision of the gutter positions and the location of joints and determine how your new rain gutters will connect to your neighbors.