Gutters are the metal or vinyl pieces that are attached to a roof to bring the rain water away from the foundation of a house or building. They are a must-have item for many houses and buildings. They look nice, too. There are several different kinds of gutters that can be placed on a home. They also come in many different colors, so you do not have to be stuck with basic white. Always talk to an expert on gutters in Maryland when thinking about getting gutters or replacing existing ones.
- Figure out what size gutters you need or want. You will need to measure the area in which the gutters will be placed. Measure along the roof, but also make sure to measure the distance from the roof to the ground. Then decide what width of gutters you would like to have. They come in 3-6 inch widths, with a 6 inch holding approximately 3 times the volume of the 3 inch.
- Decide on whether or not to get a gutter with or without seams. Seamless gutters tend to last longer before they leak or need to be replaced than the seamed gutters. Seamless gutters are manufactured as one piece, which require precise measurements and a professional to install. Seamed gutters can be bought and placed on a roof by anyone. They are put up in pieces that are cut to size. Then the seams have to be attached and chalked to avoid leaks, which will need to be re-chalked routinely.
- Choose a business to come out and place the gutters. It is always recommended to hire someone who is trained to install gutters to make sure they are done correctly and do not cause any damage. Always check reviews and get references from anyone who you choose to work on your house.