Gutter SystemsPosted On: June 17, 2014
Gutter systems are small but pivotal elements of a structure’s roofing system. These are investments made for the long term securement of your buildings. Every year, huge lengths of gutters are laid throughout the country. Despite its commercial importance and day to day application, very less is known about the actual functioning of these gutters. Thus, the aim of this article is to provide a source for its readers to know about gutter systems.
Gutter systems are conduits that gather rain water running off rooftops and guide it through slopes to the ground. This is meant to safeguard your windows and doors.
Open gutter systems are the most frequently used type, but need regular maintenance to get rid of unwanted debris such as leaves and pine needles. In dry conditions, accumulation of such debris can lead to the added risk of fire; moreover, during times of heavy rain, such blocked gutters can lead to persistent flooding, cracking of foundation and damage to paint amongst others.
Gutters are available in varying shapes and dimensions, with the core material being aluminium, zinc, copper or, steel. Amongst these, aluminum gutters with an expected life of 20-30 years, are the most frequently used ones.
These are available in varying thicknesses with .032 being the suitable size for regions with heavy snow, and .027 providing for a lighter option. Aluminum gutters are available in many colours, and come with the advantage of rust resistance.
Open gutters are always at a risk of getting coagulated with leaves and other debris, which can lead to a domino effect of problems. The best way to ensure gutter protection from potential damages is to install gutter guards. Such guards will permit the flow of water, but prevent the accumulation of debris, thereby ensuring gutter protection.
Another way of gutter protection is through minimising the number of seams in the gutter layouts. Reports suggest that today, more than 70% of the gutters are seamless. The disadvantage of having seamless gutters is that it does cost more. At the same time, however, it ensures durability and longer gutter life.
Professional Gutter Installation and Maintenance
For Professional installation, protection, and maintenance of your gutter systems, you can call us. We serve Columbus, Ohio and all of central Ohio, including Springfield, Zanesville, Mansfield, and Chillicothe.
(Image and Excerpt from “Everything You Need to Know about Gutters”)