Want to Replace Your Gutters? Consider These Factors First

As a way to spruce up the exterior of their house, many Brisbane residents are looking to replace their gutters. Not only does this improve the look of their home, but it also ensures the gutters are working as they should. For example, if your gutters are cracked or leaking, they aren’t properly funneling the rain or melting snow from your roof and this could cause many issues with your home’s structure. When considering gutter replacement Brisbane homeowners need to think about several factors to ensure they get the right gutters for their needs.

 

Size

Obviously, if you get the wrong size gutters for your house, they aren’t going to work properly. For instance, if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, you’ll need bigger gutters than you will if you live in an area that is prone to dry weather. The same is true for people who have a steeply pitched room. Because the water will drain off a steep roof more quickly than a more gentle incline, the gutters need to be able to handle more water at once.

The standard seamless gutter size is five inches, but for people who live in rainy locales or who have steep roofs, an oversized six-inch gutter may be a better option. Additionally, there should be two downspouts for gutters that are over 40 feet in length, but in some cases, there is no way to add a second downspout. Six-inch gutters are ideal for this situation as well.

 

Material

Gutters are made from all sorts of materials, including aluminum, copper, and a combination of zinc, steel, and aluminum, which is referred to as galvanized. The most common material for standard gutters is aluminum, a material that is naturally resistant to corrosion, long-lasting and durable, lightweight, and cost-effective. It’s available in numerous colors, so if you want to get a different look for your home’s exterior, changing the color of your aluminum gutters is a quick way to do it.

Copper gutters are less common, but add an elegant touch to a home’s external appearance. Copper is even more corrosion resistant and these gutters can last up to 50 years before they need to be replaced. They are pricier than the aluminum type, but their aesthetic appeal and longevity can’t be beat. For homes in areas prone to bad weather conditions, galvanized gutters are the way to go, since they have the highest mechanical strength of all available gutters.

 

Roof Condition

While you’re considering replacing your gutters, you should also consider replacing your roof as well. Since a roof replacement requires you to remove your gutters anyway, you might as well only do this once if you can get both components of your drainage system replaced at once. Plus, if you have to remove your gutters again to replace your roof, you might end up having to get all new gutters again because they often can’t be removed without damage.

The other aspect to consider is whether or not your new gutters will match your old roof. Sometimes, the colors will clash and you should change the color of your roof as well to create a cohesive look. This is particularly important if you’re going with a gutter color other than white or gray. Of course, getting a new roof is an expensive proposition, so be sure to think your process through thoroughly before making a decision.

 

Fascia Condition

The fascia of your house is a wooden or metal board that runs horizontally under your roof’s edge and is what your gutters are attached to. If your current gutters were cracked or leaking, the water probably damaged the fascia and you’ll need to have it replaced along with your gutters. You can tell if your fascia needs to be replaced if it is peeling, warping, crumbling, or water stained.

Before you order your gutters, be sure to inspect your fascia and let your installer know if that will also need to be replaced. You don’t want to have your installation state scheduled and find out you can’t have your new gutters installed because the fascia has to be repaired or replaced first. Fortunately, professional installers will inspect this for you and let you know what your home needs.

 

Conclusion

Replacing your gutters is an excellent way to give your home’s exterior an instant face lift, but it’s also necessary to prevent damage to the structure. Just be sure you consider these important factors in gutter replacement before you place your order so you get exactly what you want and need.

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