A variety of organic matter can clog up your house’s gutters. Is it time for you to replace the gutters and downspouts on your home? Whether you are ready to do this now or are planning for the future and want to know about your options and the costs, talk to Fortified Roofing.
We’ve been serving New Jersey since 2001, and we know a thing or two about gutters, downspouts, and proper home maintenance. If given a chance we’d be happy to assess your home and provide you with a quote and your options for the gutters, downspout or roofing.
Are your gutters a problem? If you’ve got missing or damaged gutters and downspouts, you risk damage to both your siding or cladding and your foundation as well as to your roof shingles. Leaks prevent water from being directed away from your house and could leave water collecting in undesirable places.
Usually, people pay little to no attention to maintaining their gutters. Neglected gutters can also cause mold and mildew problems as well as create breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The question is: are your gutters neglected?
The longer your gutters are left clogged, the shorter their lifespan will be. They can become clogged for a variety of reasons such as debris or some physical objects. You can avoid substantially costly repairs later on by replacing your gutters and downspouts as soon as possible once you notice a real problem. Once they have been replaced, set a schedule for annual cleaning to maximize their lifespan and protect both the exterior and interior of your home.
How long has it been since you cleaned your gutters and inspected roof?
Homeowners should clean them annually as this practice prevents further damage. And this is also an excellent time to inspect your roof and make sure that it’s in good repair. Your gutters and spouts are doing an essential job and are directing the roof water away from your house. Therefore, they keep your foundation, interior, and landscape functional and good-looking.
However, if they are clogged, they can’t whisk water away. Neglecting them could result in substantial damage well above and beyond the cost of regular gutter cleaning and periodic replacements.
When you say gutters, you probably mean on regular, ordinary gutters that have to be put together. Roofers put them together in 10 to 20-foot sections, and they use seams to connect them. Therefore, they are not smooth but have caps, corners, and outlets for water connected to the downspouts.
Most households decide to go for sectional pipes because of their easy installation as well as low cost compared to seamless ones. Quality of gutters usually depends on the material, manufacturer and, of course, the contractor. On the other hand, gutters often have a general problem with leaking due to many „connected“ spots where water may penetrate.
Seamless gutters are precisely the ones without any seams! This means that pipes are continuous. The only joints necessary for gutters to be functional are ones at the corners where tubes have to be connected to downspouts.
Most of the time, seamless gutters are made of aluminum, but they can also be made from other high-end materials such as copper and steel. Many households avoid them because they are usually more expensive.
However, if you look from the long-term perspective, you will notice that they are more affordable thanks to their durability. Lack of seams and joints allow them to fight off water easier, so there are little chances for leaking.
We from Fortified Roofing are highly experienced in the area of gutter and downspout replacement. We offer seamless gutter solutions available in a variety of colors. Benefits of seamless gutters include easy installation and maintenance. As a licensed roofing contractor who has relationships with some of the top roofing names in the industry, you can trust us to assess your roof.
We will make recommendations including fitting an ideal gutter and downspout system that will help you keep the costs and the maintenance down.
If you’d like an experienced roofing contractor to check your gutter system, please contact a trustworthy New Jersey roofing contractor Fortified Roofing!
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Definition of a term that roofers use:
A downspout is a vertical pipe, often made with plastic or metal, connected to a gutter system. The downspout carries water collected from a gutter downward to the ground. A downspout needs to be kept clean and needs to remain in place for it to do its job properly.
Roofers FAQ of the day:
Can I clean my own gutters or do I need a professional?
Most people in reasonably good health can clean their gutters on their own. If you need professional help, you'll find companies willing to do maintenance for you. Consider cleaning gutters on an annual basis, especially if your home is surrounded by trees that hang over your roof. Gutters can be cleaned with air or water pressure that washes debris out, or via scooping material out of the gutter.
If you need a new roof installation, have a leaking roof and need a replacement, would like to know more about skylight options or gutters and downspouts, or would like to ask a question regarding roofers, please contact Fortified Roofing today!