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Gutters and Gutter Installation on Your Home

Gutters certainly aren’t the most exciting or glamorous purchase that you will make for your house, but they serve a very important purpose: Gutters protect your house by directing the runoff from the roof to proper drainage away from your home. This keeps your Annapolis home dry and protects your foundation, siding, windows, and doors from water damage.

It is important to evaluate your needs when determining what gutter system to install on your house. A house in Phoenix will have very different gutter requirements than a house in Annapolis. It is helpful to know the average rainfall in your area and calculate the square footage of your roof. As a rule, the more water you get and the more area you will have to drain, the larger your gutters and downspouts will have to be. A roof contractor will be able to help you make this determination.

Most gutters are installed on existing roofs. However, many homeowners add gutters during re-roofing, which simplifies the installation process and allows the roofing contractor to fully integrate the gutters into the roof. Gutters may not be necessary for every roof slope or every house. In some cases, if your house has large overhangs, your roof may adequately cast runoff well away from the house. If this is the case, it is necessary to have proper drainage installed that will divert the runoff from the roof away from your home.

Who should you hire to install gutters on your Annapolis property? The first thing that you should do is ask friends and family if they know of a roofing contractor in the Annapolis area who does good gutter work. Referrals are an excellent tool for finding a good contractor. You waste less time researching, referrals may come at a discount, and if a contractor is being recommended in the first place, it’s typically because he did a great job in the past. When searching for a contractor, it is always important to check references and obtain multiple bids before you make your decision on who to hire. Any person who can afford a seamless gutter machine can start a gutter business.

Once you have gutters on your house, they will need to be maintained to ensure that they remain in working order for years to come. Luckily, maintenance is a very simple process and requires little more than a ladder and an apparatus to assist in cleaning out the dirt or leaves that may have accumulated in the gutters. Clean out any litter or obstruction and check downspouts for any potential clogging. You don’t water to back up into your gutters and onto your roof. Gutters should also be checked for any wear and tear, such as chipping or peeling paint. Repaint your gutters if necessary. Finally, check the mechanism that attaches the gutters to your roof to ensure that they are still attached securely.

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