Gutter Installation Services

How Often Should You Replace Gutters?

Galvanized steel or aluminum gutters have an average life expectancy of 20 years, while copper gutters can last as long as 50 years. Inspecting and cleaning your gutters at least twice a year will allow you to identify small issues before they turn into major problems.

 

Can Gutters be Replaced in Pieces?

Even though most gutter systems have been designed in pieces, it is often necessary to remove more than the affected piece alone. The work necessary to remove just a single piece of guttering would involve taking down large sections of gutting around the house, which is why we recommend hiring a professional.

 

Is it Better to Repair or Replace Gutters?

When it comes to fixings gutters, you may be able to pursue repairs successfully if:

  1. Localized sections of damage are present: Locate any signs of damage on your gutter that is confined to only one or two areas, then opt to replace only those areas rather than ripping out all of the gutters. In these cases, you will only need to repair a couple tears or breaks, which can be washed with alcohol and coated with sealant.
  2. A couple of loose hangers: If you need to screw in a few hangers, you can do so with a drill. If the hangers are dented or bent substantially, it is important for you to replace the hangers with new models.
  3. Minor fissures on copper gutters: If you have copper gutters, you know how expensive copper is, so the best option is to try to make any small repairs before paying for your whole gutter system to be replaced.
  4. There are only a few fissures: In these cases, you will simply need to repair a couple tears or breaks, which can be washed thoroughly with alcohol and coated with sealant. If you have larger cracks or fissures to repair, you might need to purchase a metal flashing, which can either be nailed or glued before it is sealed.
  5. One joint or closure has been leaking: In order to solve this issue, make sure that the joint or sections are tightly attached. Under these conditions, you might need to use sealant to waterproof the joint.

Otherwise, if damage is more extensive, you’ll most likely want to replace the entire gutter system.

 

How Much Does Replacing Gutters Cost?

According to homeadvisor.com, gutter installation costs between $590 and $1,556 for about 200 feet, or $1,072 on average. If you would like a more accurate cost evaluation, you can call us and we’ll give you a proper estimate for your home.

Gutters: How To...

How To Install Gutters:

How often should my gutters be replaced?

Here’s a basic list of necessary tools to get you started:
– A Sturdy Ladder                      – Gutter Sealant/ Caulking Gun
– Measuring Tape                       – Hand Riveter with Rivets
– Wood Screws                            – Gutter Brackets
– Drill motor                                – Tin Snips, Permanent Markers

Replacing your gutters can seem like a big job, and a little scary if you’ve never done it before. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. First, find a helper. You should never take on a project like this alone.
  2. Plan your project. How many walls need gutter? What lengths? How many corners?
  3. Research gutter types and set a budget. There are several gutter types, so do the research.
  4. Gather your tools. Be sure that you have everything you need before you begin. (See List on Left)
  5. Fascia and soffits will need to be checked for rot, paint peel, etc. and prepared for install
  6.  Slope your gutter slightly toward the down spout to allow maximum drainage.
  7. Move slow and steady, be sure to measure twice before cutting, and be careful.

How To Clean Gutters:

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Cleaning your gutters isn’t the most fun thing you’ll do all day, but it is one of the most important. Here’s a few tips to get the job done:

  1. Don’t clean gutters by yourself. Always have a buddy for safety.
  2. Be sure your ladder is sturdy and secure. Your buddy can hold the ladder for added security.
  3. Remove debris from the rooftop with a broom or blower.
  4. Wear the proper, rubber soled footwear on the roof.
  5. Wear gloves, safety glasses, and a face covering if necessary.
  6. Use a small gardening shovel or gutter trowel to remove gutter debris.
  7. Clear the downspouts by sending a small dowel or sturdy wire down the pipe.
  8. Use a garden hose to rinse smaller particles down the spout to be sure water is able to flow freely.

Not Comfortable Doing it Yourself ?

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WHICH TYPE OF GUTTER GUARDS SHOULD I BUY?

Gutter guards for your home come in many different materials, applications and costs. We have outlined a few for you to consider before committing to a purchase.

BRUSH GUTTER GUARDS FOR YOUR HOME

As their name suggests, these gutter guards have bristles that make them resemble giant pipe or bottle cleaners. The gutter guards sit in the gutters and the bristles keep leaves and other debris from reaching the bottom of the gutters where water flows through. The key advantage of brush gutter guards is that they can be installed easily, so you may not need professional help unless you choose to ask for that help.

However, experts warn that brush gutter guards cannot necessarily keep all debris out since smaller items can get through to the bottom of the gutters and cause a clog.

FOAM GUTTER GUARDS FOR YOUR HOME

This type of gutter guard consists of pieces of foam that are placed inside the gutters. These guards block debris from accumulating in the gutters while allowing water to flow through.

Key Benefits:

  • Inexpensive
  • Doesn’t require professional installation

Disadvantages:

  • Trees and other seedlings can grow within the foam
  • Clogs easily form within the foam itself
  • Presents a potential increased fire risk
  • Difficult maintainance since you have to take them down in order to clean the gutters
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SURFACE TENSION OR REVERSE CURVE GUTTER GUARDS FOR YOUR HOME

The design of these gutters allows them push debris down while allowing water to flow through the gutter system. One major advantage of these is that it carries some form of warranty since they are mainly installed by professionals. Additionally, they are far better than brush and foam guards.

Disadvantages:

  • can lift the shingles on the roof of your house, which could void the warranty on the roof system
  • Gutter guards are extremely visible from a distance
  • Some suppliers may make them buy new gutters to go with the gutter guards
  • Pests can nest inside these gutter guards

SCREENS

Another option is to buy screens with large holes and install them to your gutters, either professionally or on your own. Screens are another affordable option for people looking to buy gutter guards. However, screens only prevent the larger pieces of debris, like big leaves, from entering the gutter. This means that the gutter could still get clogged fairly quickly from smaller debris. Also, storms and windy conditions can blow screens off the gutters. Plumbers in Sacramento, therefore, only let customers buy this type of gutter guard once they are fully aware of the maintenance requirements.

MICRO-MESH GUTTER GUARDS FOR YOUR HOME

This type of gutter guard has tiny holes that are not visible to the naked eye. These stainless steel guards are very durable and provide the best clog protection for gutters. Most even come with a warranty and will have to be installed professionally. Micro-mesh gutter guards are on the pricier end of the spectrum and you must take time to make sure you are selecting the best quality guards from amongst the many available on the market. Ask a Sacramento plumber for help if you aren’t certain about making the best decision on your own.