If you haven’t checked your gutters recently, it may be time to do so. Gutters that show signs of extensive wear and tear need replacement. Replacing your gutters quickly will protect your home from suffering major water damage.
Just like window replacement, gutter installation is a major home improvement project, so you’ll need to prepare accordingly. Here are four questions you need to ask yourself before proceeding with your project.
When Should I Replace My Gutters?
When inspecting your gutters, look for signs of damage such as holes, cracks and rusting. You should also check for leaks which can cause water stains to appear on the exterior of your home. If you see any of these signs, then you’ll know it’s time to replace your gutters. Doing so sooner rather than later will protect your home from further damage.
Should I Hire Professionals To Replace My Gutters?
Yes. Similar to installing replacement windows, you should definitely hire qualified experts to replace your gutters. By hiring professionals, you are sure that the project will be completed at high standards. It may cost more initially than if you installed the gutters yourself, but it is a worthy investment that will protect your home from serious water damage.
What Gutter Material Should I Use?
There are a variety of materials to choose from, and your decision will largely depend on your budget. Popular gutter materials include aluminum, copper, galvanized steel and zinc. Aluminum is affordable, lightweight and easy for professionals to install. Copper gutters cost more than aluminum but don’t require painting. Galvanized steel gutters are superbly strong but can rust after a long time. Zinc gutters are one of the most expensive options but they can last twice as long as aluminum gutters.
Which Gutter Construction Is Best?
The two types of gutter construction are sectional and seamless. Sectional gutters are gutters with different lengths that will be pieced together to perfectly fit your home. Meanwhile, seamless gutters are only made of one piece of material. They only joints in the gutter corners and in downspouts.
If you are looking for a general contractor to handle your gutter replacement project, trust the experts at 3JM Exteriors. Feel free to call us at (630) 882-2422 or fill out our contact form. We service Lake Forest, Hinsdale, Schaumburg and other nearby areas in IL.