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.
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.
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.
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.