Chances are that your mind is not in the gutter. Well, maybe, but it’s probably not concerned with your rain gutters. Go outside and take a look at them. Are they cracked, sagging or just simply falling apart? If so you will need to replace them immediately to avoid costly problems down the road.
The gutter is usually made from plastic, steel or aluminum. Plastic gutters are cheap and they are easily broken. Excel Roofing does not recommend plastic gutters as they always fail. Steel gutters are stronger but will rust. Both aluminum and steel gutters can be fabricated on site. A flat piece of metal is placed in one end of the fabricating machine and a seamless gutter cut to a specific length comes out the other end.
Excel Roofing recommends seamless aluminum gutters over steel because they hold up well, melt the snow and ice faster than steel and will never rust.
The most common gutter sizes have a five inch or six inch opening to catch the water. For tile roofs, large roofs and/or steep roofs (like a roof of a church) the six inch gutters are a must. Excel Roofing does not recommend any sort of covers or screens for your gutters. They tend to cause the water to overshoot the gutters and they contribute to ice dam problems in the winter.
The gutter should be securely attached with a clip and special screw every two feet. Screws are preferable to nails or gutter spikes as the screws will stay put and not back out over time. If a nail or spike backs out, the gutter will sag and water will not drain properly.
Downspouts need to be large enough to handle the heaviest rainstorms of the season. The minimum size for a downspout should be 2×3 inches, but a larger size (like 3×4 inches which is twice as big) is even better. The larger size makes it less likely that anything will be able to block the downspout–even a tennis ball will drop right through. Excel Roofing recommends an oversized 3×4 downspout because they can handle large amounts of water volume and debris. If the downspout empties into an underground drain then the Excel Roofing Downspout Cleanout System is a must. Otherwise the downspout should empty into a diverter that directs the water four feet away from your home.
If your home needs new gutters be sure to pick the right gutter system for your home. Excel Roofing will help you choose the right system that not only looks great on your home but also looks great while moving the water off the roof and away from your home.