So, do gutters add value to your home?
Rain gutters on a house – what is their purpose? Is rain gutter installation merely a roofing contractor upsell like a fast food restaurant offers you French fires with that burger? No my friends, rain gutters actually provide a useful purpose. They aren’t a ‘must-have’, and your home won’t fall apart without a gutter installation.
Well, if the foundation and landscaping around your home indicate your house needs them, it will minimize the value of your home. However, after you have a gutter installation done, it won’t raise the value of your home. A gutter installation isn’t something that raises the value of your home on the tax rolls either.
If you are getting gutter installation estimates, here are a few tips to make sure you are getting your money’s worth:
Proper Installation: If you’re going to have gutter installation done, get it done professionally. The only thing that looks worse than needing gutters is a poorly installed gutter system. Proper gutter installation with drip edge is important for both of these things.
- A professional gutter installation means that the water will be properly diverted away from your house to eliminate the foundation and landscaping damage that not having gutters has caused.
- It will also be an assurance that the gutter installation is level all the way around your house. Uneven gutters will allow water to pool up inside the gutter runs and attract mosquitos and other insects. It will also keep ice dams from forming on your roof, which can cause significant damage to your roof.
Matching Aesthetics: A gutter installation should match your home’s exterior like any addition to your home. The garage, a gazebo, garden shed, etc., all match your home’s color and style scheme, so should the gutters.
Standard Materials: Just because a gutter installation won’t add value to your home, you don’t want them taking away value either. Seamless gutter system is the latest in gutter installation. They are tidy looking, and with the different choices in materials, you can get a gutter installation for cheap to get the house on the market, or get the best looking for the long-term.
- Aluminum: Corrosion resistant, inexpensive, lightweight, and a standard materials. Downside to them, they bend and break when weighted.
- Metal: Copper or steel gutter installation is more expensive and takes longer to install but come closer to matching aesthetics of different architecture.
- Vinyl: The least expensive of gutter installation materials. Big downside is they fade easy and are weak.
Gutter Guards: Gutter installation with guards is a must if you’re going to have gutter installation done. Gutter guards are the first line of defense when you have a lot of trees around your home and all but eliminate gutter cleaning.
Do I need gutters around my entire house?
The main purpose of having gutters is to funnel water from the roof to go away from the foundation and landscaping. Without gutters, the soil around your foundation begins to erode as the water pools and puddles up around the foundation. For homes with a basement – this is bad news.
Unless the roof on your home has a slope in all directions, gutter installation all the way around probably isn’t necessary. Gutter installation should be on the sides where the roof has two directions of sloping, usually the front and back. A professional contractor will be able to provide you recommendation of how much of a gutter installation your home can benefit.
What can I use instead of gutters?
Maybe a regular gutter installation doesn’t fit your budget or style? Here are seven alternatives you can go with that will do the same job as a gutter installation system:
- Rain Chain
- Rain Dispersal System
- Drip Edge
- French Drain
- Drip Path
- Built-in Gutters
Each of these have pros and cons to compare them to actual gutter installation system, you can find information on the Internet and ask your roofing contractor their opinion on these alternatives.
Is gutter installation difficult?
A gutter installation can be complicated and requires exact measurement to make sure they are level all the way around or they won’t collect and disperse the water from your foundation as intended. They need to be properly hung and spaced as well, making sure all the components are fitted correctly and securely.
Why don’t new houses have gutters?
This is common is developments where there are 100s of houses built at the same time because the builder simply wants to sell the houses and get them occupied. A custom built home will typically have gutter installed and if the specs do not show a gutter installation, the buyer can certainly request that it is included.
When choosing a contractor to for gutter installation, choose one that does both gutter installation and repair. If possible, with a maintenance agreement where they come clean them on a routine schedule of spring and fall is ideal. Call (888) 514-3222 today for your gutter system installation in San Antonio, TX.