If you think about it, gutters can be one of the most important details in the home. After all, if your gutters are not doing their job properly, water will enter your home from all sides and it will become a musty, moldy, wet mess that no homeowner wants to deal with.

However, there are some common misunderstandings when it comes to gutter installation and maintenance that can compromise the function of these metal wonders. Make sure you follow these tips to ensure your home stays protected.

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Clean your gutters at least twice a year.

This is an important job to do, as the buildup of leaves and dirt can make water pool over the sides of the gutters causing extensive water damage from the inside and outside of your home.

DON’T

Skimp on materials

You really need to have a professional come out and determine the right gutter material for your home, based on its size and the amount of rainfall you experience every year. If you skimp on gutter materials, they will not last as long, nor will they be efficient. Instead, think of gutters as an investment for your home!

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Invest in downspouts

You will need a downspout on the upper roof and at the foundation. The downspout on the roof will ensure the proper flow of water, protecting your shingles from water damage.

The downspout near the foundation, will move water away from the home, so it does not seep into your basement. You should also install a downspout every 40 feet to prevent overflow.

DON’T

Go at it alone

Always trust a gutter installation expert to handle the job. After all, they are professionals for a reason! While it can be easy to simply DIY, you do not want to risk making a mistake that can be costly down the road.

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Choose seamless gutters
Seamless gutters are very much in demand now, as they are streamlined and have less potential to leak. Because of this, they last longer and are more durable.

With these do’s and don’ts in mind, you are set to have well-maintained gutters for a long time coming.

If you have any questions, or are looking to get an estimate on gutter installation for your home, please contact G and K Roofing and Remodeling today!