Frequently Asked Questions

Why are gutters important?

Every homeowner should know that old, damaged or defective gutters have the potential to cause damage to your home. When they leak this can cause wood rot, foundation problems and landscaping erosion.

What are some reasons to replace my gutters?

  • Standing water in gutters is one of the common places mosquitoes breed – mosquitoes are known disease carriers.
  • Old worn out gutters are unsightly and reduce the value of your property.
  • Your old gutters may have become bent or dented or may be pulling away from your property in a manner that they cannot just be reattached or reworked.
  • Your old seamed gutters may leak at the seams and are almost impossible to repair.
  • You want to change the color of your gutters.
  • The drainage of your current guttering is not sufficient so you want to install a larger size gutter and downspout system. Most homes and commercial properties have 5 inch gutters with 2×3 downspouts. When this is a problem you may want to consider upgrading to 6 inch gutters with 3×4 downspouts.
  • According to experts, gutter cleaning for an average sized home containing 150 feet of gutters costs approximately $150 and should be cleaned twice a year. Over a 30 year period, the total cost would be $9000. By comparison, a lifetime lasting gutter protection system, at an estimated price of $22 per foot, would only cost $3300 for the average sized home. This makes gutter cleaning almost three times the cost as having a quality gutter protection system installed. And this calculation doesn’t even count the cost of damage to a home that can be caused by sub-standard gutters.

How can I tell if my gutters aren’t draining properly?

If during a rainfall, the water overflows there may be a blockage in the gutter or the gutter itself may not be pitched properly. If you notice paint peeling or corroded wood that means the gutter is most likely overflowing at that point. If you notice mold or if you see puddles of water forming around the outside of your house it’s a sure sign that there are drainage problems.

Do gutters come in various shapes and sizes?

Yes. Most gutters come in several shapes and sizes called profiles. These include U-shape as well as K-shape configurations. In K-shape configurations the ogee-shaped front looks like the letter K allowing the system to have more of a crown molding look rather than a boxy appearance. See the “How to Select a Gutter System” section for more details.

Can I install gutters on my own?

Yes, if you are a do-it-yourself type of person and are comfortable on a ladder. In this case you can put up sectional type gutters. However, if you want a seamless gutter which is more pleasing to the eye and weathers better than sectional you may want to consult a qualified professional. In most cases hiring a professional seamless gutter contractor will only be slightly more to install.