You probably seldom think about your gutters. And that’s a good thing, because it means they’re doing their job. And it’s a big job—helping to protect your roof, your siding, your windows and your basement, for starters. The gutter pros at Wagner Metals Roofing & Remodeling know that a proper working gutter system handles one of the biggest threats to your home—excess water. Gutters are truly a workhorse of the home. But when gutters are NOT working properly, you WILL need to think about them, so what should you know?
Gutter systems come in many different materials.
Vinyl gutters are the most popular, in part because they are easy to install and never rust. They are also an economical choice.
Aluminum is another popular material for gutters. They are lightweight and rust-proof like vinyl, but unlike vinyl, aluminum gutters can withstand cold climates better. They can also be painted any color so you can match them to your home’s color scheme.
Stainless steel gutters are the sturdiest of the popular materials and offer all the benefits of vinyl and aluminum, but they are expensive. If your budget can handle it, though, they are a good investment and may be the best choice for you.
Wood and copper are sometimes used for gutters, but they are both very expensive and are usually only used in restoration projects of older structures.
So when the time comes to explore repairing, updating or completely replacing your gutter system, the experienced pros at Wagner Metals Roofing & Remodeling welcome the opportunity to educate you on your options.
For your gutter system to do its job, it is critical that it be fitted and installed properly. For this reason alone, you should hire a professional gutter installer like the folks at Wagner Metals Roofing & Remodeling rather than tackling the job yourself.
Gutters need to be large enough to drain away all the rain from the home, so our professionals will be sure to find the right size. Too small, and the gutters will get overloaded in heavy downfalls leading to extensive water damage to your home. The gutter hangers are the way the gutter system is mounted to your home, and they need to be properly spaced. If you leave too much space between the hangers, the water will pool instead of flowing through.
There are several other important issues that may lead you to hire a professional gutter installer.
Installing gutters requires standing on tall ladders while handling heavy power equipment and tools. A trained professional is skilled in dealing with this risk and avoiding serious injuries from a fall.
A trained professional from Wagner Metals will be spot problems like loose shingles or your rotting fascia. These issues may go unnoticed, if you tried installing your gutter system yourself, and end up causing serious problems done the road.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not necessarily more expensive to hire a professional gutter installer. The costs of materials such as downspouts, clips and other items can be expensive for homeowners. Gutter installers like Wagner Metals can purchase materials at wholesale and pass those savings on to homeowners. And finally, a poor gutter installation job will end up costing you so much more in the future, if your home becomes water damaged, and you have to reinstall the entire system, assuming it can even be salvaged.
Most gutter systems, including the rugged galvanized steel and aluminum ones, have a lifespan of about 20 years, if they’ve been taken care of. And while they may not be the most expensive investment you make in your home, good gutters can prevent a number of other, more costly problems from cropping up. Understanding when and how to repair and replace your gutters is crucial to protecting the value of your home.
A gutter pro from Wagner Metals will walk around your house and examine your gutters. If the gutters are made of galvanized steel, they’ll check for rust, look for sagging or splitting and see if they spot any holes. They will also check for loose fasteners. If they find peeling paint or washed out landscaping, that will probably indicate that the gutters need some attention.
If damage to the gutters is limited to sagging or bent gutters, small holes and missing fasteners, Wagner Metals gutter pros will be able to repair most, if not all, of your current system. But if some damage is too severe to be repaired, it would be more prudent, and eventually more economical, to replace them.
If a Wagner Metals pro finds that your gutters are too damaged to be adequately held together with nails or fasteners, they will have to be replaced. Gutters with holes or splits also can not be repaired, and rusty gutters should be repaired as soon as possible. Wagner Metals professionals will replace a portion of your gutter system if the damage is isolated and replacement of that one section can be done seamlessly
But if the damage is extensive, the gutter professionals at Wagner Metals will help you to pick the materials and colors for your replacement gutters the best complement your home and work within your budget. They will also discuss any special features that may be beneficial for you. For example, if your house is on a lot with many trees, it would probably behoove you to install a gutter system with a cap to keep out falling leaves.
Gutter covers are solid covers that allow rain to flow into the gutters while keeping large debris out. Gutter screens are usually made of wire mesh and sit on top of the gutters. Water enters gutters more effectively, but they may not last as long as gutters with solid covers. Leaves and other debris can also get stuck in the mesh holes, so they may need to be cleared out more frequently. The gutter pros at Wagner Metals will discuss the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision.
Contact the Gutter Contractors from Wagner Metals Today
When you have any questions or concerns about your gutters, make your first call to Wagner Metals. We’re here to guide you to make the best choices based on your home, your color scheme and your budget. We are familiar with all the options regarding materials and will explain the features and benefits of each type.
Based upon the results of an inspection of your gutter system, we’ll advise you as to our recommendation on whether you should repair or replace. We pledge to always repair when we can. We will quote you a fair price, which we will meet and deliver your project on time. We promise to guarantee our work, on a large complex job or a small, simple fix.
At Wagner Metals Roofing & Remodeling, our goal is to have you come to us for all your construction and remodeling needs and make you a customer for life. Call us today, and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with some of your satisfied neighbors and fellow Ohioans.