Keep Your Mind in the Gutter

Seamless aluminum, perfect pitch, keep rainwater away

Rainwater can cause major problems for a homeowner, especially if their gutters are not properly installed and maintained. Often called the storm drainage system for a building, their purpose ranges from preventing foundation problems and flooding in basements, to minimizing siding damage, protecting landscaping, lessening soil erosion and much more. For those reasons, remodeler Mike Spillane invested in seamless aluminum gutters to protect the newly remodeled home.

Seamless aluminum gutters are easy to work with, won’t rust, and are available in a variety of colors to match every house. Although they are called seamless, it isn’t entirely true. Gutter runs that stretch around corners require seams on both sides of the corner, but for the most part, they provide a straight shot of unmarred metal from one end to the other. This type of gutter can last decades, especially if taken care of properly.

There are a few basic rules to follow when installing gutters. First, they must be pitched so water flows to the downspouts. Strive for a vertical half-inch for every 10 feet of horizontal run. If the run is more than 35 feet long, install the high point of the system in the middle and slope the gutter downward in both directions toward the downspouts on both ends of the run.

Second, there should be a gutter on every sloped roof edge, and it should be securely fastened to the fascias. All downspouts should also be secured to the exterior of the house, and the water leaving the downspout should be directed a minimum of 6 feet away from the foundation.

After a gutter installation check to be sure they are installed properly. Use a garden hose to test for leaks and standing water. 

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