Your home's roof and drainage system are essential for keeping a watertight and safe home environment. Without gutters on your roof, the soil around your home will become saturated and erode away, leaving your foundation and basement waterlogged and wet. Here are some items to consider when you are shopping for new rain gutters for your home.
Select the Material and Style
There are many options in terms of choosing a rain gutter for your home. You can select a material and style that match your home's structure and style. The most popular style in terms of durability and price is an aluminum rain gutter. This type of gutter holds under the exposure of the sun and its damaging effects and also prevents rust and corrosion. However, you can opt for an upgraded choice and select galvanized steel, copper, or even wood rain gutters.
Be sure to install a specific type or style of gutter on your home if there are local rules about its appearance and installation. For example, check with the local HOA if you live within a HOA-managed community for any regulations and restrictions for your rain gutter's style and material. Or if your home is a historic style, look into getting a rain gutter that will match its aesthetics and give it an appearance that is in line with the time the home was built.
Consider the Downspout Set-Up
Another item to consider in your rain gutter installation is the existence of a downspout. The rain gutter's downspout is equally as important as the rest of the gutter system. Without a proper downspout and diverter, the rain will fall upon the soil and cause natural damage to your soil.
There needs to be a sufficient number of downspouts to accommodate all the rainwater that will drain into the gutters from your roof. For example, if your home roof is a larger size and you only have one downspout, the downspout can become overfilled during a storm and cause rainwater to fall over the edges of the gutters.
Also, look at the length of the diverter at the base of the downspout. Do you need it to extend out five or ten feet from your home to deliver the water onto a gravel-covered or paved surface? You can also use a concrete splash block to collect and deliver the flow of water away from your home.
Talk to a rain gutter installation contractor about recommendations for your home's gutter system.