While the main job of your roof is protecting your home against the elements such as rainwater, it can’t possibly do this job without the support of a good water drainage system. That is where your gutters come in. Gutters divert water sliding down your roofs away from your siding and foundations where it could do a lot of damage.
You can go for a stroll around your neighborhood and you’ll probably find a wide variety of gutter systems installed in many different homes. Shopping around for the right system for your own home can be quite the task, considering all the types you have to sort through.
We provide a primer on common types of gutter systems to help you make a more informed decision.
Vinyl has enjoyed a rise in popularity in gutter replacement in recent years. It owes much of its success to its affordability and durability. Vinyl is not susceptible to corrosion and rotting, an advantage that it holds over its wooden and metallic competition.
The life span of vinyl gutters, however, leaves much to be desired. They are known to grow brittle nearing the end of their service life and improper care and installation can lead to ugly sagging especially between support points.
There is a variety of sheet metal options available for gutters but the most common ones are aluminum, steel and copper. While being more expensive than vinyl, metal gutters make up for the added cost with a much higher level of strength and a considerably longer life span.
The main drawback that consumers report on metal gutters is their susceptibility to corrosion and rusting. To address this, many roofing contractors have also begun offering stainless steel options. The reviews for stainless steel gutters are positive and experts are calling it “virtually indestructible.”
Our specialists at Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal all agree the most vulnerable point of any gutter system is at the joints where one segment connects with another segment. Seamless gutters can be custom-built into a continuous system designed to avoid these vulnerabilities.
Call us today at (785) 727-7575 and find out how we can improve your home’s gutter system. We serve Hays and Colby, KS, and all surrounding communities.