When it rains, it pours, and when your home’s gutters aren’t working properly, you may have pouring water in places you don’t want it. For all gable-roofed homes, properly installed gutters migrate water away from your home and keep you dry, but what happens if you need replacement gutters?
For an average gutter replacement on a typical house expect to spend between $1,000-$2000. Of course, it depends on the size of your home among other factors. Gutter installation prices can range easily from the mid $500s to $9,000 or $10,000.
A complete gutter overhaul isn’t always necessary. Sometimes heavier materials like copper gutters can come loose from wind or weather wear. Keep an eye out for the signs below to not over-react to mild gutter issues:
Repair your gutters if:
Replace your gutters if:
Paint problems are a high-profile indicator that gutters are nearing the end of their useful life. Examine areas where you might be noticing fading or peeling paint along siding or the gutters themselves, and chances are you’ll find a compromised gutter or downspout.
If you have seamless gutters and you notice any of these issues, or something has happened to compromise part of the gutter, then it’s best to replace the entire system because of the way they’re constructed.
With a half-round design, half-round gutters are available in 5- to 6-inch widths. Their downspouts are typically rectangular. Half-round gutters are commonly found in older homes built prior to 1960. It is common for local ordinances to require this style gutter for historic homes or neighborhoods.
K-style gutters come in 5- to 6-inch widths with rectangular downspouts, similar to the half-round gutters. K-style gutters differ from half-round in that they feature a flat back and can be nailed directly to fascia boards without brackets. These gutters are the most common style of gutter.
Custom Fascia Gutters
Made from a custom piece of aluminum, custom fascia gutters provide a seamless contemporary look. The aluminum is custom-built according to your Pittsburgh home’s measurements and roof’s pitch. Because they are custom, this gutter option is likely to cost double that of k-style and half-round gutters.
It is common for commercial or industrial buildings to have box-style gutters; however they can also be used for residential homes. With 7 to 10 inch widths, box gutters are designed to handle heavy rainfall.
Vinyl gutters are made from PVC and plastics and are the most common type of gutter material lasting between 10 to 20 years depending on climate.
Aluminum gutters are a lightweight, rust-resistant option with an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years.
Galvanized Steel Gutters
Galvanized Steel Gutters are durable and sturdy, as they are soldered to the home. If maintained to avoid rust, these gutters can last up to 30 years.
Copper Gutters Copper Gutters do not warp, bend or rust, making them a very durable option. The natural color of these gutters offer a unique look to any home.
Gutters and downspouts are crucial to protecting any home’s siding, roof and foundation. These components help homeowners avoid leaks, flooding, corrosion, and other water damage. Choosing the correct gutters and having them professionally installed can stand between your home’s safety and the headaches that come with water damage.
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