If you live in an area that ever experiences significant rainfall or snowfall, gutters are a must-have. The three main purposes of gutters revolve around protecting one of your most important assets – your home.
- Foundation and erosion protection: Without gutters, forceful water from the roof edge can wash away soil and cause the ground to slope towards the foundation. This can result in unwanted foundation settling, warped floors, and cracks in the walls and ceilings.
- Keeping your basement dry: Basement flooding is a common homeowner complaint related to rainfall. Properly functioning gutters will keep your basement dry and help you avoid a serious mold and mildew problem.
- Protecting siding and windows: Rain will pour down on doors, window frames, and window sills without a proper gutter system resulting in rapid deterioration and rot, as well as mildew and mold.
Choosing the Right Gutter Material
Most residential gutters are constructed of aluminum, vinyl, steel, copper or wood. Here is an overview of each option:
Aluminum is the most popular residential gutter material choice. It comes in many colors and can also be customized with paint. Best of all, it will never rust!
Vinyl is an inexpensive, easy to install and lightweight option. Unfortunately, there is a “price”, as it has a limited lifespan and excessive sun will eventually discolor the material.
Steel gutter systems have a competitive lifespan of about 20 years. The downside is it is heavy and can be difficult to handle.
Copper is beautiful and can add an artistic accent to any home, but it is expensive so it is usually only used in restoration projects. The upside is copper gutter systems can last up to 50 years!
Wood gutters are antiquated and typically only used for restoration projects. They are normally made from either cedar or hemlock. Maintenance requirements are high and life spans are low.
Count on Cornerstone Construction
As you can see, there are a lot of considerations to make when choosing the right gutter system for your home. Our experienced professionals at Cornerstone Construction will help you choose the right materials for your gutters taking into account the style of your home, the number of trees in your yard and the climate in which you live.
Whatever material or design you select for new or replacement gutters, or if you have gutters that are in need of repair, the one choice you need to make right away, is to call the pros at Cornerstone Construction. We’re here for you and for all your gutter needs.