As much as we’d like to forget about them, rain gutters are essential to any home. They keep the roof protected from water damage and help prevent flooding within your home. But there are many different types of rain gutter materials out there, so choosing the right one can be challenging. In this post, I’ll walk you through how to pick out the best rain gutters for your house so they’ll last you many years!
The most important thing about rain gutters is to pick the right type for your home.
The most important thing about rain gutters is to pick the right type for your home. There are two main types: aluminum and copper. Aluminum is a good choice if you need to save money because it’s cheaper than copper. However, it’s not as durable as copper, so it may need to be replaced more often in areas that get a lot of snowfall or hail storms. Copper lasts longer than aluminum and isn’t susceptible to rusting or breaking when exposed to harsh climates like those found in many parts of the United States (especially in the Midwest).
If you’re building a new house from scratch, consider using copper gutters instead of aluminum ones—the extra expense will pay off over time!
Consider The Material
You’ll want to consider the material of your rain gutters. There are two main materials: aluminum and copper. Aluminum is often used in modern homes, while copper has a more traditional feel that matches older homes.
Some homeowners opt for metal gutters in their home’s exterior color, which looks great on a white or light-colored house but can clash with darker-colored roofs. If you’re going this route, make sure you choose gutters that are made from the same material as your roof!
Another option is to match your house with your rain gutters instead of—or in addition to—matching them to each other: this gives them a more natural appearance on both sides of the house without being too matchy-matchy
Keep It Clean
Trying to clean out your gutters with a ladder is an easy way to end up in the hospital. Don’t do it!
Instead, you should use a leaf blower or a hose. The best thing about using a hose is that you can blast away all the leaves and debris inside the gutter without climbing up on your roof. This can be done by simply holding the hose over one side of your house (preferably from a safe distance), opening up its valve, and pointing it at any debris that might be lodged in there. You can also use this method for blasting dirt off of flat surfaces, like siding and concrete driveways—it’s very efficient!
Check your Downspouts
[You should] check your downspouts for clogs. You should also clean out the debris that gathers at the bottom of them, or else it will just get stuck there and make a mess. This can be done with a broom, or if you have time, you might want to go ahead and install a hose at the base of each rain gutter so you can simply rinse the spout out.
If you don’t have time for any of this, then I recommend getting some sort of automatic cleaning system that will take care of it for you on an annual basis (or whatever schedule is appropriate).
Match Your Roof
You should also consider the pitch of your roof. This is how steep it is, and you’ll want to match this with the gutter’s pitch.
Gutters are made in a variety of sizes, so it’s important to measure your roof before choosing one. The most common size is 6 inches, but there are also 8-inch gutters available for larger roofs or if you need extra drainage space.
If possible, choose a gutter that matches the color or style of your roof: this will help them blend into each other seamlessly.
The bottom line is that there are many different types of gutters, and it all depends on your home and what you need. If you have questions about this process, contact us today for more information!