Upgrade Your Home with Gutter Installation and Replacement

Gutters safeguard your home and property. Avoid basement flooding, roof damage, and landscape erosion to property damage and a weakened foundation. Ensuring a working gutter system is installed in your home helps eliminate all these nightmares. Through various gully systems, it will collect the downpour keeping your deck, foundation, basement, roof, and exterior in mint condition.

Signs You Need a Gutter Replacement

  • Cracks in Your Gutters

As your gutters live through long exposure to harsh weather, they sustain holes, cracks, and even separate at the seams. Sometimes, these slits start off small and are hard to spot on a dry, sunny day. But you can easily spot them during a downpour as they let water gather on your landscape, basement, deck, and interior. A simple repair might suffice if you’re experiencing a few occasions of a leaking gutter system. However, your gutter system might be due for an update if the situation is extensive.

  • Mildew

Moisture collecting at your home’s foundation or basement causes mildew growth. This happens if your home has a faulty gutter system. Normally, gutter systems transport water to the disposal points several feet away from your home. This prevents water from finding its way to your foundation. If you stumble on mildew growth, your first line of action is to locate the faulty system and have it repaired. However, you might need a complete gutter replacement if the incident keeps occurring.

  • Peeling Paint from Faulty Gutters

When your wall is exposed to moisture, it can cause your painting to bubble or chip off. Faulty gutters are often culprits of exterior paint peeling. So, you should check your nearest gutter and repair it if needed. Over time, if the issues persist, consider installing your new gutter system.

Gutters 101: All You Need to Know

Types of Gutters to Consider for Your Replacement

Half-round Gutters

Trough-like shaped gutters like these are mostly found on older buildings. The look of these gutters could also complement the exterior design of some modern homes.

Using this types of gutter means having fewer cases of rusting compared to other types, thanks to the interior’s smoothness. Keep in mind, you will need to install a leaf guard to prevent debris and leaf clogs.

K-style Gutters

This common style of gutter fits to modern homes with angled roofs. Their front resembles crown moldings, able to enhance the look of any building exterior. Their backs are flat, making it possible to attach them to your fascia board.

K-style gutters can collect more water than half-round gutters thanks to their design. This makes them beneficial during a heavy rainstorm. However, their corners and flat bottoms make them more susceptible to corrosion and leave rots.

Why the Material You Choose Matters

Your gutter material determines its lifespan, budget, maintenance, response to weather conditions, and installation process. Depending on a variety of factors including your budget, here are five materials you can choose from:

Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum is one of the most common gutter types, and for good reason. It’s rustproof, lightweight, durable under harsh weather, and DIY-friendly. Aluminum gutter systems come in different colors and can function adequately for 20-30 years when properly maintained. However, it is likely to bend, dent, and split under continuous exposure to harsh conditions. For these gutters, you might have to pay between $8.30 to $15 per linear foot.

Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl is another coveted gutter material because it’s extremely affordable, attractive, and easy to install. Vinyl systems are impervious to rust with a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. However, vinyl can become fragile under extreme temperatures, leading to cracks or splits. Also, due to its lightweight and flexible nature, vinyl gutters could bend or sustain dents from heavy snow or rain. Price is between $4 – $9 per linear foot.

Copper Gutters

For a more quality, low-maintenance, and durable gutter material option, consider copper. It’s immune to corrosion, mold, mildew, cracks, and splits. With proper maintenance, this gutter system lasts between 50 to 100 years. However, installing it costs a lot and requires a professional. You might pay between $18.-$30 per linear foot.

Zinc Gutters

Zinc is another strong gutter material that can last between 80 – 100 years when properly maintained. It is a low-maintenance material impervious to rust, corrosion, mildew, cracks, splits, and molds. Zinc also has a self-healing coating to conceal scrapes and scratches. Zinc gutters only improve  as they grow older, elevating the aesthetics of your home. This gutter option costs between $20-$40 per linear foot.

Steel Gutters

There are three types of steel gutters – galvanized steel, galvalume, and stainless steel. They’re stronger than aluminum, withstanding heavier rainfall, snowfall, and more. They also come in different attractive colors and cost between $5-$12 per linear foot. However, they’re heavy, prone to rust, and require a professional to weld and install them. When properly maintained, these gutters can function for up to 50 years.


Understanding the Difference Between Sectional and Seamless Gutters

Gutters fall into two different categories: sectional or seamless. Sectional means that the parts of the gutter must come together to make a whole. This type of gutter is DIY-friendly but prone to leaks and damage at the seams.

As an alternative, seamless gutters have significantly fewer sections. They are custom-made by a professional to fit your home. This type of gutter is  less prone to cracks and leaks and more durable against harsh weather.

Considerations When Preparing Your Home for Gutter Installation

Drainage Needs

You should determine the type and size of the gutter system needed for your home. Factor in the steepness of your roof, the weather conditions you’re exposed to, and the size of your plot. Homes with steeper roofs and heavier rainfalls require bigger gutters made from more durable materials. On the flip side, homes with smaller plots require smaller, more angled spouts to successfully direct water away from their foundation and basement.


You might want to repaint the exterior or the fascia of your home. Handle any painting of those areas before the new gutters are installed. The best time to paint is right after your old gutters are removed. Make sure to work this out with your installation professional so that the project stays on track. Making time for this step makes it easier for you to get the finish you’re after.

Inspect for Water Damage

Check the eaves and fascia attached to your gutter. Are they soft or rotten? If they are compromised, you should start making preparations to have them replaced. This hastens the time required for your hired experts to begin the installation.

What to Expect During a Professional Gutter Replacement and Gutter Installation

Gutter installation requires less of your time and effort compared to other home installation or remodeling projects. It also takes less time to repair. Below are the steps you can expect during any gutter installation.

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