When selecting new gutters for your home, there are many factors to consider. Shape and style, functionality and maintenance, material and cost . . . if you’re looking for the best gutter replacement, you’re likely exploring many options. But don’t overlook performance and quality, which will reward you over time with reduced maintenance and curb appeal. Wondering how to choose the right gutters for your home? Here’s our guide to making the right gutter choice.
Why your gutter choice matters
Gutters are a central aspect of your home’s drainage system. Like many other exterior features, gutters experience wear and tear over time. Regular maintenance and cleaning can help you get the maximum value and longest lifespan for the gutters you have today.
However, if your gutters are showing signs of severe wear, it’s time to plan for gutter replacement. Signs your home needs new gutters include:
- Cracks, holes or leaks
- Detachment from your home (sagging or pulling away)
- Missing, loose or bent fasteners
- Water damage to the roof, decking or rafters
Water leaks and overflows, particularly during seasons of severe weather, can be dangerous, causing extreme damage to your home.
Material: For the best gutter replacement, look for the ideal combination of durability, affordability and aesthetics.
There are many types and styles of gutters on the market today. The primary materials are aluminum, copper, steel, galvanized steel, vinyl and zinc. The most prevalent material is aluminum, which offers multiple advantages as you consider the best gutter replacement.
Aluminum is resistant to corrosion, available in a wide range of colors and lightweight.
Galvanized steel gutters are coated with a layer of zinc, which makes them strong, but prone to rusting. Steel gutters often are available with an aluminum coating, making them less likely to rust but resulting in a higher price tag. Copper gutters offer an upscale look, but cost substantially more than other alternatives. Vinyl is an inexpensive option, often with many color options. But vinyl gutters are not as durable as metal and will break down over time with exposure to weather and sun. With the ideal combination of style and durability, many homeowners select aluminum gutters. K-Guard gutters are roll-formed from .032” aluminum — the strongest gutter system on the market.
Shape, style and features: Consider curb appeal and functionality.
Once you’ve identified the ideal material for the best gutter replacement, it’s time to choose the right shape, style and features. They key is choosing a gutter that adds value to your home. Select an option that is visually streamlined, appropriate for historic and modern homes alike.
Equally important, look for a gutter style with functionality. How efficiently will your gutters carry water and debris from your home? How well will your gutters protect your home from damage? Consider how cumbersome and challenging it is to constantly clean clogs on your own — or, on the other hand, how expensive it can be to pay for seasonal gutter cleaning by a professional.
A popular style is the “K-style” gutter, with a shape and profile similar to decorative crown molding. Fascia gutters have a smooth face similar to fascia boards, hiding edges of the rafter tails from view. Half-round gutters, with an open side facing the roof, are less popular today because they easily clog and overflow.
Maintenance: Make a smart investment.
As you consider the best gutter replacement for your home, it’s tempting to look at the price tag alone when evaluating the investment. But greater than the gutter price and gutter installation cost, don’t overlook the time you’ll invest in maintenance (or how much you’ll pay for frequent gutter cleanings).
While gutter installation is a one-time cost, maintenance is a price you’ll pay every season. Most gutter types are prone to clogs by leaves and debris, and even those with mesh or netting-style gutter guards will become quickly clogged. The more tree-lined your neighborhood, the more likely it is that you’ll encounter a costly clog.
K-Guard gutters, because of their unique and patented design, allow homeowners to say goodbye to cleaning gutters clogged by leaves and twigs. The one-piece gutter system features a built-in hood that covers the gutter bottom and deflects potential clogs. K-Guard gutters are engineered, integrated and seamless leaf-free gutters, setting them apart as the best gutters and best gutter replacement. Because of their unique design, K-Guard gutters keep rainwater and snowmelt running freely and safely away from your home, no matter the season. The attractive, streamlined profile offers instant curb appeal. And the durability of K-Guard gutters are unparalleled — that’s why homeowners love our 100% “No Pull Away/Fall Off” warranty.
Contact your K-Guard Rocky Mountains team today to get started.