Springer Construction Inc. provides contracting, renovation, and remodeling services to our neighbors around Fort Wayne, IN. Even though it’s not mentioned in our name, gutters are one of our specialties. If your gutters aren’t doing their job, all the rest of the work you’ve done to your home will be undermined.

Gutters are a small but vital component to a building’s roof. They are also a long-term investment in the network of your building. Millions of feet of gutter are installed each year throughout the United States. With so much guttering being put up there is so little information to educate customers on what they are getting. This article will tell you everything you need to know about gutters so you can make the right choices on your own.

Why Your Gutters are Important

Gutters are troughs that collect rain water running off a roof and channel it, with proper slopes, to the downspouts and away from your siding, windows, and doors and safely to the ground. The most commonly used gutter is called the open gutter, which the name is pretty self explanatory. This gutter should be regularly cleaned of leaves and debris in order to carry out its function.

During the time of collecting water, open rain gutters also collect leaves, acorns, pine needles and other stuff that’s not supposed to be in there and can clog up your gutter. In dry conditions clogged gutters are a definite fire hazard and during heavy downpours, clogged gutters are a hazard due to the fact that they overflow, this can potentially cause a lot of damage to your building and your basement.

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Installing Gutters

The pitch of the roof, the number of cut-outs the house has, and the type of material covering the roof, all affect the selection of the gutter. Any experienced “do it yourself” type person may be able to install gutters.

However, it is wise to always consult a contractor if you have a complex roofline or if you have tiles and shakes covering your roof. Only a contractor can install seamless gutters, not sectional gutter pieces which are vulnerable to leaking at the seams.

Gutter Types

Gutters can come in many different shapes and sizes called profiles. As said earlier the most common used gutter today is the open gutter which can come in standard lengths for the “do-it-yourself” kind of people and then it can come in the continuous roll form, which typically the contractors use.

Most residential gutters come in two sizes- 5” and 6”- and they are made of aluminum, steel, zinc, vinyl, or copper in the standard K style. The K refers to the shape of the front of the gutter.

Gutter Guards

Gutter Guards are a form of leaf protection that allow water to flow freely through the gutter bottom while preventing debris from falling into the gutter and blocking the flow of water.

This attention in maintenance reduction through filtering debris has grown more popular through the years. This filtering technique has grown more popular with the aging homeowners. Though it adds cost to the preliminary install, those costs won’t matter when you eliminate the costs of having someone come out and clean your gutters which can range from $50 to $250 depending on the size of the building.

There are now many different gutter guards and leaf protection products out on the market today. They have evolved into many different shapes and sizes to fit all homes. Some are simple add on devices that fit over existing gutters while others are complete systems that require replacing existing gutters.

Common Gutter Issues

When problems seem to be occurring over and over again, it may be time to replace your gutters. The life expectancy of an average aluminum gutter is about 20-30 years or longer, but it all depends on the maintenance and the care that you take putting ladders up against them. Copper gutters may last 50yrs and steel may only last 20yrs or less, it just all depends on the climate and maintenance.
When debris accumulation happens, loose debris from trees, or what else may be around your gutter, begins to decompose and then that mats down and turns into a solid sheet as it becomes damp and that can clog your gutter.

Accumulated debris caused by the clogged gutters is extremely bad for the roof which accelerates wear and can back up water under the shingles. It can also create a solid bridge over the top of the gutter that can send water rushing over the edge.

Clogged gutters can cause many different problems which include: basement flooding, foundation cracking, soil erosion, dry rot, paint damage, window, door and siding damage, mold and finally as said before it can cause a fire.

Some common causes of gutter damage include: seams splitting apart, ice forming, animal infestation, stains caused by constant overflows, storm and tree damage, and something as simple as leaning a ladder against the gutter.

Gutter Maintenance Tips

It doesn’t matter what type of gutter system you have, gutters and roofs need maintenance. If you have open rain gutters, they should be cleaned at least twice a year: Spring and Fall. Depending on weather conditions, an extra cleaning or two wouldn’t hurt. If you have a low-sloped roof, even a leaf protection system won’t stop debris from collecting. With or without a protection system, maintenance IS required. A simple cleaning with a broom or blower is all that you need. That loose debris in the gutters is a fire hazard. If you cannot do any of this safely, call a contractor or install a system that offers leaf protection.

Professional Gutter Installation in Fort Wayne

You can buy gutters at the local big box home supply store, but they’re usually sold in sections. What’s more, homes with complex rooflines or roofing materials like slate or tile require more care during a gutter installation. A professional installer like Springer Construction Inc. uses higher-quality seamless gutters that are designed, fabricated, and installed to work better and last longer.

Springer Construction Inc. makes great use of owner Duane Springer’s four decades of experience in the industry. He calls Fort Wayne home, and treats each client — new or old — as a neighbor. Contact us at 260-747-0909 or get a free gutter estimate, and either way, don’t forget to ask about our referral bonuses!
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