Seamless gutters prevent leaks

What gutter options are there?

Deaton: The best is probably 5- or 6-inch seamless gutters. They're a lot more beneficial in that they have no seams that could eventually leak.

Viscount: The most common is the seamless aluminum. They are cost effective, don't rust and are easy to maintain.

Alexander: The most common is your K-style gutter. I recommend 6-inch seamless gutters.

Do you recommend any gutter guards, screenings or covers?

Deaton: Yes. They keep the leaves out of your gutters and prevent debris, which can cause rot to the fascia board.

Viscount: In an area with heavy debris, a cover will keep the gutters clean and should pay for itself very quickly.

Alexander: Yes, we do them on every job, unless homeowner requests otherwise. It helps with preventive maintenance.

When should I call a professional rather than clean or repair gutters myself?

Deaton: Look for an overflow problem. The gutter may need to be re-sloped to have a proper pitch.

Viscount: Most gutter repairs can be done by someone with basic home improvement skills. Consider a pro when the systems need to be re-pitched or replaced.

Alexander: I'd have someone check it seasonally or when it's having problems.

What are some signs that my gutter is leaking and what material should I apply to patch it up?

Deaton: When you have a leak problem, call a professional. There's no really good way to fix it without proper equipment. Gutter sealant is best.

Viscount: Look for water stains on the bottom near seams and corners. Use special gutter sealant to fix seams.

Alexander: When it's constantly dripping or has black stains, called tiger stripes, all over the gutter. It needs to be fixed by a professional with a special gutter sealer.

What is the best way to extend the lifetime of my gutters?

Deaton: Keep them cleaned out, at least three times a year, at the end of each season.

Viscount: Clean them as many as four to six times per year. Have them checked twice a year to get the most from the system.

Alexander: I would try to have the gutters cleaned right after pollen season.


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