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Guide To Gutters And Downspouts

Every homeowner knows how important it is to have gutters and downspouts defending their properties from water damage. Without them, rainwater can collect on the roof of the building or pool around the foundation of the building. Eventually, creating the possibility of severe damage to concrete, drywall and roofing materials. Considering that water damage can cost homeowners thousands of dollars, having the right gutters and downspouts on a property is more than a good investment — it’s just good sense.

Yet with so many materials and style options for gutters and downspouts, owners might be left wondering what’s best for their properties. Although the differences might appear to be simply cosmetic, choosing materials for gutters and downspouts can make a significant difference in terms of the work they require for maintenance, how much it costs to install them, and how much it will cost to maintain them over the life of the property.

For example, vinyl gutters may be the most inexpensive option, but they come with some disadvantages that should make homeowners think twice about installing them. Their affordability might make them seem attractive originally, but their weaker construction means they won’t stand up to larger loads. They also tend to become brittle after extended exposure to heat and cold. Meaning, owners may need to replace them more regularly than other types of gutters.

On the opposite end of the price spectrum, homeowners may be attracted to copper gutters because of their rust-free construction, their attractive look, and their strength. However, they require professional installation in order to weld the joints together — making them even more expensive than the cost of materials.

Choosing the correct gutters and downspouts for a home is one of the most important decisions an owner can make, which is why it’s important for them to have a strong understanding of all the options as well as the pros and cons each. This guide from Aerotech Gutter Service should give you a good place to start when selecting gutters and downspouts for your property.

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Richard Watkins, founder of Aerotech Gutter Service, has been a contractor and home remodeler for over 50 years. He’s completed many home remodeling jobs over the years and has seen pretty much everything that can go wrong with your home.

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