Whether it’s fall, winter, or spring, your gutters need protection from debris and from the elements. It doesn’t matter what kind of gutters you have: you need to be prepared for the rain, snow, and ice. With gutter covers and correct gutter installation, you can organize a gutter replacement that works for your home drainage system.
Different Types of Gutters
What kind of gutters do you have? Some homes have half round gutters, while others have K-style. A half round gutter is often installed on homes with rounded rooflines or homes that incorporate a lot of metal, such as copper and steel. They are more challenging and costly to install than other gutters since they require special hangers and threaded rods to ensure that they hang properly.
In the United States, K-style gutters are very popular. These gutters look a lot like traditional crown molding, echoing themes that you may have inside your house. Unlike the curved half-round gutters, the K-style gutters are flat on one side. They can attach directly to the fascia board and do not require as many brackets to keep the gutters in place. K-style gutters come in both sectional and seamless varieties.
Watching for Warping and Sagging
While K-style gutters may be lower maintenance than other types of gutters, they still require care. When you’re doing a gutter replacement project, you need to make sure that your gutters are installed at the correct angle to gently move the water downward into the drains. The gutters also need adequate numbers of hangers or brackets. If you skimp on the support elements of your gutters, you’ll find that the gutters begin to warp and sag, especially at times when they are full of debris, ice, and snow.
Protecting Your K-Style Gutters From Debris
What can you do about the debris that fills your K-style gutters? Given enough blossoms, leaves, and sticks, any gutter will fill up and cause water to back up and overflow over the roof line. You need to ensure that your gutters don’t get clogged with debris. This can involve seasonal cleaning by a gutter company or by getting up on a ladder by DIYers. However, you can also install gutter covers. Gutter covers go over your gutters and protect them from debris. Water moves into your gutters, but debris slides off the edge of a nose-forward gutter cover design, protecting your gutters from debris accumulation.
Protecting Your K-Style Gutters From Snow and Ice
The other stress on gutters is the ice and snow. If you live in a place where it’s regularly icy and snowy, you need to make sure that your gutters don’t become one long icicle in the winter months. Overflowing gutters can create icicles that are not only dangerous: they also speak to the damage that’s occurring on your roof. When snow hits your roof, it melts and begins to run down to your gutters. However, if the gutter is full of snow and ice, it can’t drain this water. The water either turns into an icicle or backs up onto your roof and seeps into the roofing.
Installing a gutter heating system can help stop damage to your roof, gutters, and landscaping during the winter months. Heating systems gently warm the water as it moves into the gutter, keeping your gutters clean and clear all winter long.
At Harry Helmet, we’re here to protect your gutters all year round. From gutter replacement to gutter covers, our tried and true gutter systems will help you ensure that your roof drains effectively day after day, in all of the seasons of the year. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our gutter products.