Should I have gutters installed on my home?
A home without gutters is like a car without tires. Water is the single most damaging element to your home. Water left not directed away from your home will destroy your decks, patios, driveways, brickwork, landscaping, and window and door casings. If left unchecked free flowing water will also attract a host of pests such as carpenter ants and termites. These pests can quickly turn your home into a pile of sawdust. Also, water build up around your foundation can seep into your basement and cause black mold to appear. Black mold is a health hazard and can become very costly to remove.
When it comes to gutter installation or replacement, it's important to use a company with the right experience and selection of products. Make sure you are installing gutters that go with the look of your home. For instance, if you live in an historic home, you may have to go with installing wood gutters on your home or maybe even copper. Typically most homes are able to have the seamless aluminum gutter installed. These gutters can last for many years and are very low maintenance. An annual cleaning can keep any gutter in tip top shape.
Some homeowners prefer to skip the step of cleaning and have a gutter guard installed. Gutter guards prevents debris from entering your gutter system and can be installed by a gutter professional. But don’t forget, if you have a property with trees that have pine needles, make sure to have the top of the guards cleaned off. Some homeowners decide that gutter guards are not necessary for this reason and prefer to have their gutters left uncovered and have a professional clean them annually. Having a professional clean your gutters takes the risk of you being a ladder away for a small price.