The primary purpose of rain gutters is to move water away from your homes foundation and basement. So, it can be a matter of balancing the benefits and downsides before opting for or against gutters and downspouts.
Gutters have one job: to divert water away from your home. Heavy rain can wreak havoc on your home, especially your siding, windows, doors, and foundation. …Your home’s gutters protect the foundation of your home. Prevent erosion, protect your landscaping, and prevent basement flooding. Homes built to code are situated on a slight slope to guide runoff away from the foundation. If rain flows off your roof because you have no gutters, the water causes massive erosion, washing away more and more soil each time it rains. …Erosion also causes the foundation to settle.
Yes. Seamless gutters offer the best value and can only be installed on-site by a professional.
Take a moment and call our office at (413) 281-6156 to schedule a time for our estimator to visit your home.
Absolutely not! Our estimators are knowledgeable professionals with experience in the rain gutter industry. Their job is to help you select the rain gutter that will exactly fit your home and budget. You will never be convinced to buy something “cause that’s the only kind we have”.
Yes, we custom measure so that you have one continuous gutter that spans the length of your home.
Seamless gutters are just that – seamless. There are no breaks in the gutters that run alongside the home. The only seams are at the corners. Conventional gutter systems have many sections that are connected together, which over time can result in leaks at the spot of connection.
Because there are no seams, the possibility of leaks is greatly reduced. Aesthetically, seamless gutters also provide a clean line across the span of your home.
Is it worth spending money to install guards if you still have to clean them sometimes? …Although gutter guards and covers are often advertised as a cure-all solution to cleaning your gutters, many models may only block larger debris, while allowing smaller debris to enter the gutters despite the shield. That’s why ours comes with the no clog guarantee.
New gutters are one of the few home improvements that will increase the value of your home. …Installing new gutters can raise your home’s value because it increases the lifespan and functionality of your home and adds cosmetic appeal.
The answer is NO. All rain gutters do the same job. They catch the rain water that falls from your roof, then contain and control this water to the ground. However, rain gutters come in all shapes, sizes, materials, colors and quality. Some are pre-formed and joined together with connectors (such as the gutters you buy at your local home center), and some are custom made specifically for your home (seamless). Because the seamless type of rain gutter is custom made, the material used, the various component parts, the layout plan, the installation and the quality of workmanship will not be consistent from company to company.
Aluminum is lightweight, resistant to corrosion, and available in a wide range of colors – and it’s also often the least expensive option. Other choices among the metals include galvanized steel gutters, which are coated with a layer of zinc; these gutters are strong but may be prone to rusting. And 16 ounce copper which is forever!
The standard is .027. However, in snow regions .032 heavier gauge is recommended to provide greater durability and strength, which is the only gauge we use. If you are installing copper, a 16-ounce copper is recommended.
For an average size home, 5” gutters and 2”x3” downspouts are usually appropriate. For larger homes, or light commercial applications, we recommend 5” gutters with 3”x4” downspouts, which offer twice the water capacity of the 5” gutter per foot.
Gutter guards, or gutter covers, depending on who you talk to, are surprisingly effective at keeping gutters and downspouts free and clear of debris, including snow & ice, which is a big cause of gutter issues. However, some are better than others, and none of them will work unless they’re properly installed, ours has the no clog guarantee.
Over time sticks, leaves, twigs and other debris, including snow & ice can accumulate in your gutters and cause water to pool up rather than run down to the downspouts as designed. This causes the gutter to go off pitch, resulting in improper drainage and potentially extensive damage to your home – from wood rot to water entering the inside. You can prevent such issues by simply cleaning out your gutters regularly.
We recommend that you clean your gutters 2 to 4 times per year, preferably:
* Late March before the typical rainy season.
* After the spring tree debris stops falling in June.
* Late October once the leaves start falling.
* Late November or December when about 85% of the leaves are off your trees.
* With our patented hood system, these services would not be required.
Standard 5” K-Style Gutter with cover so the snow doesn’t rip it down.
If your gutters have the old style spike/nails, that is a sign that your gutters are a minimum of 25 to 30 years old and should possibly be replaced. If your gutters leak/spill over, appear to sag, water flow is slow from the downspouts …then give us a call for a consultation.
Yes, but it is not recommended, for it will void any paint finish warranties.