If your home is currently suffering from major storm damage, you may not be aware of the fact that you need to perform proper curbs and gutter repairs as soon as possible. Storms may cause considerable structural damage to your gutters and gutter systems. Without immediate repairs, your gutters and eaves can quickly erode from the force of rainwater, causing leaks and flooding. Leaks may also occur due to accumulated debris, such as leaves and pinecones, which are swept away by the wind.
You should perform gutters and gutter repair immediately following any inclement weather events. There are many types of gutter systems available on the market, including wooden, plastic, or metal gutters. The most important thing you should consider before selecting a type of system for your home is whether it is more cost-effective to repair your gutters after they have become damaged, or wait and pay to repair them later.
Keep in mind that in many areas, it is illegal to perform this kind of work without the proper permit. You should also know that even if you get permission to repair your gutters, the expense will likely be greater than replacing them. Metal gutters are the most expensive to repair, but even then the repair may not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. Plastic gutters cost the least and will be covered by most insurance policies. If you choose to use metal, be sure to use a high-quality metal that is sturdy and will last for years!
If you choose to hire a professional contractor to repair your gutter and gutters, you should keep these few things in mind: ask how long the professional has been in business, check out their reputation, and visit their shop to get a sample of work. Most professionals offer free estimates and/or repair estimates for their work. You can always their website for more information. Many times, you can even have the work done on your own in the privacy of your own home. If you decide to save money and do the work yourself, make sure you understand all the components of the gutter system and know which parts are damaged and need to be replaced.
If you decide to have a professional install the repair, be sure that you choose a reputable contractor who has a good track record and good references. Ask for a sample repair of the gutter and the underside of the shingles. Make sure the contractor uses high-quality materials and adheres to the local codes. You should also check with your city to see if there are any restrictions or zoning issues with the location of the repair. Sometimes installing gutters and gutter cover at the same time will be more economical.
Now that you have the gutter installed, you need to protect it. This means using a gutter cover. Gutters come equipped with gutter covers to help protect the roof from leaves and other debris that can damage it. It is a good idea to buy some since the weather can really ruin a gutter in just a few days! Be sure to check the length of the gutter cover before purchasing it. It should not be too long as water can easily find its way under it, and it should definitely be long enough to completely cover the gutter.
Once the gutter is covered, it is a good idea to use a rain chain to help keep it in place. Rain chains are inexpensive but necessary to keep the gutter down during bad weather. The only real downside to using rain chains is they will eventually wear out and need replacement. If you plan to replace them, be sure to purchase new ones that are strong and durable.
Keeping your gutters clean by yourself is a very easy and inexpensive way to save money on your property taxes and keep your home aesthetically pleasing. This way you can spend your time doing the things you enjoy, like gardening, reading or watching television! If you decide to go this route, be sure to research all of your local and state regulations about gutter maintenance. Many places will not issue you a permit to use a gutter guard so be sure to ask about this before doing any work on your own. If in doubt, call your town or city government and find out if there are any restrictions or laws against it before setting up your guard.