Over 120,000 of the homes in Collin County are between 11 and 20 years old. Of course, there are homes in the area that are older than this. There are also newer homes as well.
What’s the significance? The age of your home can tell you when it’s time to have a new gutter installed.
Gutters can last a long time with proper maintenance. But, depending on the type of gutter you have, you possibly may need to replace them every 20 years.
Seems like a long time—long enough that you may even forget about them.
But there are signs that will indicate your gutter system isn’t functioning well. You shouldn’t ignore these, as faulty gutters can cause a lot of damage to your home.
When you need a gutter repair or replacement, find a reputable installation company. Read on to find out how to choose a company with the best installation service.
You should always hire a professional to do any repairs or replacement work to your gutter. Working on your roof can be dangerous. The residue that builds up in your gutter system can also be slippery and pose a hazard.
An installation service company will also know what type of issues to look for and how to handle them. But it’s also important that you know the type of gutter systems available and how they work.
More importantly, you should know what type you have at your home. Even with your untrained eye, this can help you to spot any issues before they become major problems.
There are several key elements of a gutter system:
Gutters are the main part of the system. They’re made up of horizontal parts that run along the side of your roof. Gutters catch any running water including rain that falls onto and from your roof.
These are the enclosed vertical parts of the system. They attach to the gutter and run down the side of your home to the ground level.
The water from the gutter runs down them to a splash block that diverts the water from your house.
As mentioned above, splash blocks catch and divert the flow of water away from your home.
They are the part of the gutter system just below the downspout. They are the lowest element of a basic gutter system.
These are usually located at the corners of the roof. Their shape allows them to connect two perpendicular lengths of the gutter.
This redirects the water that gathers at the corners of your roof.
If your gutter system doesn’t run along the entire outer part of your roof, end caps can replace elbows. These block water from flowing out at the end of the gutter.
There are various types of materials used to make gutters. These include the following:
One of the best gutters is aluminum seamless gutters. They are reasonably priced and durable. They are the most common type used in Texas.
They also come in various sizes. The size you require for your home will be dependent on the amount of rainfall you experience. Most Texas homes use five or six-inch K-style gutters.
Sometimes the damage to your gutter system will be obvious. Unfortunately, by the time you realize it, it’s already extensive. Regular inspections and maintenance will help you catch most issues in time.
However, it’s also good to know when it’s time to call a roof gutter installation company. Here are some key indicators:
Mildew and/or mold, especially on the walls of your basement
Peeling paint on your outer walls
Rotting wood trim on the exterior walls of your home
If you don’t have seamless gutters, leaking at the seams of your gutter is also a sign it’s time for repair work.
You won’t want to exacerbate any gutter problems you have by choosing the wrong solution. You need to ensure that you find a reputable company with the experience to fix your problem. Here are some ways to do that:
A leaky roof or pooling water in your yard can occur if your guttering isn’t leveled properly. This is usually a result of poor installation.
You may choose the best gutters a company offers. However, if they aren’t installed correctly, they won’t function as they should. Choose a company that is expert at leveling.
There is always the temptation to choose a company that is offering the lowest price. But ensure you’re not sacrificing quality by paying less.
You should never compromise the quality of your gutter. It will end up costing you more in the end if you have to buy new materials and have the work redone.
If a price seems too good to be true, do your research. Get referrals and recommendations from the company. Even take a look at some of their past work to see how it has stood the test of time.
You often don’t give a second thought to your roof, especially if there are no issues. The same is true when it comes to your gutter system.
Your gutter is a part of your home that can cause lots of problems if not properly maintained. Clean them regularly and have proper maintenance done to avoid this.
You should find an experienced company that can assist with maintenance and repairs. They will be able to provide you with gutter installation. This is inevitable when your gutter reaches the end of its lifespan.
Texas Painting and Gutters are specialists in gutter installation and repair. We’ve been providing these services to residents of North Texas for over 17 years and can do the same for you. Call us for a FREE estimate today!