Wet and windy weather can expose the worst in your home. Bad weather conditions have a way of finding the smallest flaws in your home and taking advantage of them, allowing water to penetrate where it shouldn’t and leading to leaks in your home. Over time, these leaks can cause you not only the inconvenience of having to clean up the water, but the very real possibility of damage to your home.
Gutters serve several purposes. With a properly functioning gutter system, rain water is moved away from the foundation of your home. A gutter system that is working also helps keep you dry because the water runs off the roof where you want it to rather than over the edge of your home.
While steel, copper, and vinyl have all been used (and are still being used today) to construct gutter systems, perhaps arguably the best gutters in use today are made from aluminum. The ease with which aluminum can be worked allows for the creation of custom-fit, seamless gutters that are specially made to work with your home’s design. The customized measurements used in the manufacture of these aluminum gutters helps to make sure that your individual, personalized gutter solution works well, regardless of the unique features or configurations your home might have. At the same time, the seamless design used in these custom gutters reduces the chance of leaks in the gutter system; with proper maintenance, water will come out of the downspouts, and only the downspouts.
Aluminum’s popularity in gutter systems is a combination of many factors; aluminum is, compared to other gutter materials, relatively inexpensive, which will potentially give you a relatively high return on the initial investment. At the same time, aluminum is not only durable, it is also rustproof; with the years and years of service you can expect from a new aluminum gutter system, you get not just a good investment, but a great long-term investment.
Rounding out our series on home improvements that positively impact your roof is attic insulation. More on this in Part Three.