Installation And Maintenance Of Gutters & Downspouts


Installation And Maintenance Of Gutters & Downspouts

Downspouts and gutters receive water from eaves and channel it down to the ground away from the foundation of the house. Where the downspouts release the water the ground should slope away from the home so that water flows away instead of collecting in pools. Where possible, water should be moved a safe distance from the foundation through extensions to downspouts, underground drains and splash blocks.

Kinds of Gutters

Seamless aluminium: One of the best varieties as they do not require a coat of paint and do not bend or crack as easily as vinyl gutters do. The gutter installer takes the length and width requirements first. Then, a reel of aluminium is directed into a special machine that shapes out the gutters immediately.

Galvanized tin: This type of gutter has a long history of use, being one of the common gutter types. Though common it has one disadvantage. It is prone to rust hence it has to be painted occasionally to prevent corrosion of the galvanized coating. These gutters are firm and do well in areas with heavy snow.

Vinyl: They are the most convenient gutters for those doing the installation themselves without engaging experts. They can be bought at home improvement stores and are easy to install and lightweight. White and brown are usually the only colors to choose from. Vinyl gutters are easy to put up but are not as durable and hardy as other metal gutters. They fold, crack and distort over time.

Wood: They are implemented as unique designs for houses. Only a few old houses feature wood gutters. Wood is beautiful, giving a huge aesthetic appeal to these gutters. With regular painting and cleaning, they can have a long life.

Copper: Beautiful, custom gutters with the ability to last for long.

Gutter Maintenance

As time goes by, gutter supports become dilapidated due to rusting, breaking and loosening. It is important to do periodic checks and repair faulty sections.

Get rid of all debris and leaves that have clogged the gutters before the onset of rains.

Also, confirm that the downspouts are unimpeded. If clogged use a hose stream to blow out any debris. A plumbing snake can also do the job.

Do a random check when it is raining to find out if there is water spillage from the gutter joints. If there is a leak use a bead of caulk to seal it.

Utilize leaf guards on gutters to avoid clogging. Sieves over downspout holes are also crucial. A roll of chicken wire can be improvised and fitted on the mouth of the downspout to prevent debris and leaves from flowing into it.

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