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HomeProMatch - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Let’s start with a simple reality: not all homes need a gutter system. Depending on where you live in the United States and how much weather you get, you may or may not need gutters. If you live in an area that often rains, snows, or fluctuates over the seasons, then gutters are an essential part of your home. Not only do gutters and downspouts protect your roof, but they also protect your landscaping, attics, basements, a home’s exterior. Properly maintained gutters can save homeowners a lot of money in the long-term.

[The importance of gutters]

Why are gutters so important?

A properly maintained gutter system (your gutters and downspouts) is an essential part of your home’s health. Your gutter system, coupled with a well-maintained roof, helps prevent costly water damage to your home’s foundation and interior. A poorly maintained gutter system (which can quickly become clogged with leaves and debris) can lead to water rot and overflow down the side of the house. Maintaining your gutters and finding a reliable contractor to help you install the right gutter system is an essential step to keep your home in great shape.

[What is a Gutter System]

What is a gutter system?

A gutter system is an essential method of defense against mold, landscaping issues, and water damage. A gutter system itself is comprised of many parts. The first part of a gutter system, which we all know, is the gutter itself, which wraps around the circumference of your roof. The second part, which is also essential, is the downspout, which takes water from the gutter itself down to a drainage system. A downspout is often attached to your home by a downspout bracket, which ensures stability.

[Gutter Replacement]

What are some signs I need to replace my gutters?

There are a handful of ways to tell if your gutters need replacing or repairing.

  • Cracked or rusting gutters
  • Water inside of your home
  • Sagging or detached gutters
  • Pooled water near downspouts
  • Exterior water damage

A qualified gutter contractor can help you avoid these problems by installing, repairing, or cleaning gutters. Before you replace your gutters entirely, you should research what materials are within budget, what your timeline is, and how much of your gutters/downspouts you need to replace.

[When to Clean My Gutters?]

When should I clean my gutters?

Replacing your home’s gutter system can be a costly endeavor; however, homeowners can take steps to prevent early gutter replacement. Homeowners should ensure that they are cleaning out their gutters regularly, checking to see if there are leaves or debris buildup that should be removed. A frequently clogged gutter system can lead to water damage, which results in earlier replacement.

[What Type of Gutters Do I Need?]

What type of gutters do I need?

Choosing the right material for your gutter system is something you can discuss with a qualified HomeProMatch Contractor. However, there are a handful of highly-used materials in the United States. The most common materials used for gutter systems are vinyl and aluminum, primarily because of their cost point and durability. Stainless steel and copper gutters are also common choices among homeowners, although the price point tends to be higher. The last material that we see homeowners using regularly is wood, although they have decreased in popularity over time and are primarily used for older homes.

[Gutter Pricing]

How much do gutters cost?

The cost of your gutter repair or replacement is highly dependent on the material that you choose and how much of that material that you need. For example, an aluminum gutter installation typically costs anywhere between $6 - $14 per foot. Other materials, like vinyl gutters, are much cheaper, while more durable materials like copper and stainless steel run for a much higher price. The cost of your gutter system replacement or repair also depends on the contractor you use and the amount of material that you need.

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