Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you really thought about your gutters? Most homeowners tend to forget about their gutters until there’s a reason to think about them. Unfortunately, if you ignore your gutters for too long, you’ll miss signs that they’re starting to fail. Before you know it, you could be dealing with a severe water damage problem.
Now that gutters are on your mind, continue reading to learn the most important things to consider when you’re starting the process of repairing or replacing them.
1. The Condition of Your Gutters
First, you need to inspect your gutters to help you determine whether you need repairs or a complete replacement. The only real way to know the condition of your gutters is to go out with an umbrella in the next rainstorm and look at them.
If you notice only a few small cracks or breaks in them during a storm, repairing them will suffice. If they are starting to detach or droop, or they have large holes, then you’ll need to replace them completely.
2. The Condition of Your Roof
This is also a good time to schedule a roof inspection. If your roof is damaged or showing signs of wear and tear, you should wait to repair or replace your gutters until you fix or replace your roof.
During a roofing project, your gutters will have to come down, which could damage them in the process. Instead of risking damage to your new ones, wait until your roof is in good shape to install them.
3. The Climate in Your Area
If you need to replace your gutters, take your climate into consideration when making your decision. If you live in an area that gets heavy rainfall and/or snow, you need gutters that can withstand all of that precipitation.
Here in Michigan, we’re no strangers to wet and icy weather, which is why we, at Atlas Home Improvement, only carry ones that are fit for our climate.
4. The Types of Gutters Available to You
At this point, you should be ready to make a decision about which gutters will work best for you. We usually recommend seamless gutters to our customers, which can accommodate heavy rain and snowfall and have industry-leading strength and protection against leaks.
We also offer a unique Snaplock Gutter System, which prevents moisture from getting back behind the gutter, eliminating mold growth and wood rot. If you want your gutters to make a statement, we’ve got you covered there too! Our copper gutters are as durable as they are beautiful and a great option for Michigan homeowners.
5. The Accessories Available to You
Finally, think about adding accessories, like gutter guards, to make your system even more durable. Here at Atlas Home Improvement, we proudly carry Gutter Helmet, which was recently named the best gutter guard of 2022 by Forbes Advisor.
Gutter Helmet prevents clogs, which offers superior protection from water damage and eliminates the need for you to clean your gutters yourself. We also offer the option of adding Helmet Heat to your system, which is a heating cable that helps prevent dangerous ice dams during the winter. Plus, by adding Gutter Helmet, your new gutters will now have a Lifetime, Transferable Warranty!
Are You Ready to Repair or Replace Your Gutters?
After reading this article, you now know the most important things to consider when you need to repair or replace your gutters. When you hire the Atlas Home Improvement team for the job, we’ll walk you through the process step by step to make it even easier for you. We’ll make the best recommendations for your home, and deliver high-quality work and customer service throughout the entire project.
When you’re ready to get started, reach out to request a free quote!