What’s new in rain gutters: Best gutter choice, gutter colors, DIY info, SAFETY, and how to make your gutters work better and last longer.
What are the Best Rain Gutters?
Aluminum is the most popular material for rain gutters so nothing new there. They are popular because of low cost and high longevity. What is new are all the colors available now that were not available just a few short years ago. Now you have the choice of coordinating your gutter color with your house’s roof, trim, or walls. For something extra special some people match their surrounding landscape!
What’s New in How Long Gutters Last?
According to the National Association of Home Builders, “Gutters have a life expectancy of more than 50 years if made of copper and for 20 years if made of aluminum. Copper downspouts last 100 years or more, while aluminum ones will last 30 years.”
What’s new is the refining process of aluminum has been increasing over the last few years. Some gutter installers buy the cheap materials that last like the NAHB says, 20-30 years. However, I buy only the finest materials for your home and take the best care in installation. So that means your new gutter life span from AAA Pro 1 Rain Gutters will outperform and outlast the national average.
Can You Install Your Own Gutters (DIY)?
Sure you can. After all it’s not rocket science. But there are certain handyman and construction contractor skill sets you’ll need in order to do a decent job.
Old school DIY gutters worked okay but did not last long and were prone to leakage at the seams. What’s new is high tech materials, seamless gutter formation equipment, and lots of math to make sure the gutters can handle the volume without breaking or overflowing.
There’s an overall safety hazard to consider when climbing ladders and working on gutters overhead. You have to be in really good physical condition to do a gutter install. You also have to be okay with heights. If you’re scared of heights, or have shaky balance, then the job is best left to a professional gutter installer.
First you start with basic gutter system planning. Your rain gutters handle a lot of water. Consider this: one inch of rain falling on a 1000 square feet of roof amounts to 550 gallons of water flowing off your house. So how big do your gutters need to be? You have to first calculate the square footage of your roof with projected volume of water flow. Then install the proper size gutter with the correct amount of downspouts at the proper pitch so it all flows properly.
Another fact to consider is gutter material selection. The gutters you can buy retail at a big box store or online is far inferior to the quality I buy from my wholesale vendors. Additionally, if you buy gutter parts then you can only get sections of gutter that you must cut to fit and then join together. When I install your gutters I custom make sections of seamless gutters from a huge bulk roll of aluminum. I make these as long as they need to be; so they are one long continuous length with no seams. So while it may seem cheaper upfront to DIY it’s actually a better value to hire a pro.
What’s New in Cleaning Your Gutters
Gutters used to be set it and forget it. And so that’s why most gutters would clog, sag, leak, break, and fail within a few years of installation. What’s new is a maintenance mindset. Since housing prices continue to raise so does the need for maintenance in order to increase longevity and avoid costly replacement of long term items such as rain gutters.
Cleaning gutters is not hard. But just like installing them you have to be okay while climbing ladders and balancing and working with your hands. Keep in mind that gutters are most often full of disgusting muck that you’d rather not put your hand into. So hiring a pro for your gutter cleaning might be a good idea for you to consider.
Hopefully you find value in this article. If you have any questions or feel I may be of service to you then please reach out and let me know. I’m always happy to talk with people about gutters. I especially LOVE meeting people in person and giving them free gutter installation quotes!
Here’s my contact information:
Call me for a free onsite custom quote on your next rain gutter project. New installs, repairs, gutter maintenance, downspouts, on your home or commercial buildings, whatever you need, when you need it. Call or Text 760-445-8762.
Owner: Greg Martin
Location: San Marcos, CA. 92069
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