4 Important Factors To Consider When Replacing Your Gutters

by Grace Motley

If you need to replace your gutters, there are a few different factors you need to take into consideration before you have new gutters installed on your home. You need to consider the size and style of gutters you want to be installed. You also need to consider the condition of the fascia and if you will be replacing your roof at the same time. 

Factor #1: Size

When it comes to your gutters, you need to choose which size is best. Gutters actually come in different sizes. A 5-inch gutter is the standard size gutter, or you can get a six-inch gutter system installed. A six-inch gutter system is a better choice if you get a fair amount of rainfall, as a 6-inch gutter system can hold more rainfall and better protect your home and roof.

The structure of your roofline and the surface area available will also impact if your home will support a 6-inch gutter system.

Factor #2: Style

Second, you need to determine what style of gutters you want to be installed on your home. With style, there are a few different choices you need to make. First, you need to decide if you want seamless or segmented gutters. Seamless gutter systems are usually a better choice as they don't require as much maintenance and they have a longer lifespan.

Second, you need to decide what material you want your gutters made from. Aluminum, copper, and galvanized steel are three of the most common gutter material options.

Third, you need to determine the shape of your gutters. The two most common shapes are k-style or half-round. K-style gutters are best if you get a lot of precipitation.

Factor #3: Fascia

Third, the condition of your fascia will impact the gutter installation process. Fascia is the board that runs right under the edge of your roof. If the condition of the fascia is not good, it will need to be replaced before your gutters are installed.

Factor #4: Roof Condition

If you are planning on replacing your roof soon, you should have your gutters replaced at the same time you have your roof replaced. If your roof is in good condition, you can go ahead with your gutter replacement.

When it comes to replacing your gutters, you need to choose the size, style, material, and shape of your gutters. You need to check the condition of the fascia and replace it if it is wearing down. If your roof needs to be replaced, you are going to want to replace your gutters at the same time. Reach out to a roofing company for more information.