1. How often should I clean my home gutters?
You should aim to thoroughly clean the gutters on your house at least twice a year. However, depending on the types of trees around your house you may have to clean them quarterly if they shed a lot.
2. If I don’t want to or am unable to clean them myself how much should I pay to have someone else clean my gutters?
This obviously depends on how large your home is and how much guttering it has. A small one-story home with a relatively flat roof and a minimal amount of guttering should cost about $75. A two story house or one with a steep roof usually costs about $200, while a very large home can cost upwards of $500.
3. How long do aluminum gutters generally last?
An aluminum gutter should last at least 20 years or more. If you maintain your aluminum gutter properly it can last up to 30 or 40 years.
4. What are the most common gutter materials other than aluminum?
Two of the most used materials for guttering are copper and galvanized steel. Copper is considered an elite construction material since it is virtually indestructible and offers a certain aesthetic appeal but is more expensive than aluminum. On the other hand galvanized steel is comparable in price to aluminum but will eventually start to rust.
5. What are seamless gutters and what benefits do they provide?
Seamless gutters are made by a gutter machine that is brought to the job site. They provide a seamless piece of guttering for each side of your home. Unlike normal guttering this technique doesn’t have any weak points at the seams of connected guttering pieces which is where water usually ends up leaking out and damaging your house or your yard.
6. How many downspouts should my guttering system have?
Downspouts provide a safe place for the water in your system to flow out and away from your home. Bearing this in mind you should make sure you have a downspout for about every 20 to 30 feet of guttering.
7. How much should the gutter slope toward the downspout?
A normal measurement for the slope of your home gutters should be about a half inch for every ten feet in length. However, for pieces of guttering longer than 40 feet the gradient should be increased accordingly.
8. How much space should there be between gutter hangars?
Generally gutter hangars are spaced about 36 inches apart.
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