The Homeowner’s Quick Guide to Gutter Systems

Maintaining a sturdy and smooth-draining gutter system is a priority, but serious damage due to age and constant weather exposure will cause them to fail eventually. The smart and long-lasting solution is gutter replacement–a mostly straightforward project that still requires careful planning. If this is your first time getting one, then let MHI Roofing, the area’s trusted residential and commercial roofing company, help you get started through this basic guide.

Does Gutter Type Matter? 

Absolutely! Gutters are generally segmented or seamless. A segmented gutter system involves stringing separate sections of metal with an adhesive and installing them along your roofline. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, are made using a single, continuous piece of metal, measured precisely so it fits perfectly along your roof. If you had to choose a gutter type, make it seamless because it reduces the potential of leaks and looks much better than a segmented system.

Which Gutter Material Should You Choose?

That will depend on your budget and personal preference. The most widely used gutter material is metal (either steel or aluminum) which is lightweight, readily available, and reasonably priced. Steel and aluminum gutters are durable enough to withstand extreme weather conditions, providing reliable performance for decades, especially when properly installed and maintained by premier residential roofers like MHI Roofing. 

What Size Gutters are Best?

If you live somewhere with a moderate climate, standard five-inch gutters are already enough to handle the runoff from your roofing system. But if your area is prone to storms, gutters six inches or over might be the better option for handling the load caused by heavy downpours. 

DIY or Professional Installation?

Professionally installed gutters are the way to go. The project may look easy on paper, but gutter installation will require experience and precise workmanship. That’s why it’s always a better idea to leave the work to a professional.

Aside from providing quality roofing replacement, MHI Roofing can also handle your gutter installation needs. With our superior gutters from top manufacturer, Englert®, we’ll make sure your new system provides the reliable and smooth draining performance you expect. We serve McDonald, PA along with Streetsboro, OH and Morgantown, WV. Call us today at (412) 831-9991 or fill out this contact form to schedule your inspection.