Whether you tackle your Indianapolis gutters installation on your own or hire a professional you’ll want it done right. For homes in Indiana and most other regions of the country, you’ll need downspouts to collect and redirect rainwater. The addition of downspouts prevents water from pooling around the foundation of your home and eroding away the cement. This also prevents leaking through small cracks and the splashing of mud onto the sides of your home.
All the materials you need to install gutters can be found at most home and building centers, lumberyards, some hardware stores and of course, roofing supply companies. Additionally, if you’re replacing old gutters and downspouts, you may want to upgrade the entire system.
It’s worth keeping in mind that all gutters are essentially tubes made of varying types of materials which channel water and other debris away from your home’s foundation. The main goal is to prevent any damage to the foundation of the house, keep ground soil intact, and keep basements and crawl spaces dry.
Gutter systems are absolutely vital for the longevity of your property as water damage can create problems that are extremely expensive to fix. Top quality or custom made gutters can cost a lot. In the long run though, they add tremendous value to your home and prevent any serious damage Mother Nature tries to inflict.
Starting with the right material for your gutters is a priority. For example, wood is a completely out-dated material for use in gutter systems today. Unless, the property is very old and the existing gutter system is made of wood, it’s not a wise option.
If you decide to use wood gutters for an old home, it’s important to treat the wood with at least two coats of a chemical protectant and, a couple of coats of paint before installing. With wood, a re-installation needs to take place approximately every five years. Vinyl gutters are the more popular choice for recently constructed homes and are reasonably priced in comparison. Vinyl systems are more easily found at home improvement stores, are easier to install and don’t need painting unlike their wood counterparts.
There is also the option of aluminum gutters which tend to be reasonably priced. However, a word of caution. Aluminum systems should be fitted by seasoned professionals as they tend to leak if the joints are not fitted correctly. Additionally, they may rust over time. This may be prevented with a proper sealant.
In the end, there are pros and cons to the various types of materials used in gutter and downspout systems. Make sure you understand the benefits of each, how much the system will cost to be fitted, how long it is expected to last and how best to install them. This will ensure many years of use and enjoyment from your home without worry.