Gutter Pro replaced the entire overhang and gutter system on this old home in Bourne, MA. The old wooden gutter had failed and the trim had all rotted. Gutter Pro rebuilt rotted rafter tails and installed new Azek vinyl fascias, soffit, and crown moulding. The SnapLock Gutter System was installed with 3″ round corrugated aluminum downspouts to finish the project off. Shortly afterward, the owner had all of the siding replaced and now the place looks good as new.
This article presents some very valid concerns with aluminum gutters. Copper and steel are much harder and resist denting more than aluminum gutters. Aluminum can also deteriorate when in close proximity to more noble metals such as copper that may be used for drip edges, roof caps or flashing.
Typically, basic seamless gutters also need to be maintained with cleanings to prevent the system from becoming clogged which can lead to damage and exterior trim rot on the the home or water in the basement. There are aluminum gutters on the market that eliminate the cleaning chore such as the Englert Leafguard gutters system. It is a one piece covered seamless gutter that is guaranteed not to clog or we clean it for free.
Expansion of an aluminum gutter has been a accepted contributor to gutter failure. Gutters with seams develop leaks over time and seamless gutters can become distorted and loosen as the home expands and contracts. SnapLock gutter systems from Gutter Pro eliminate the issue of expansion and contraction on an seamless aluminum gutter and minimize the potential for water seepage behind the gutter which can lead to rotted fascia and trim.
Many people assume that an aluminum gutter will last forever. They think that the worst that will happen if they don’t maintain them is the water will pour over onto their heads and they may have to contend with some icicles.
When homeowners spend their hard-earned money on a gutter system and it is important that they understand what they are getting before making the decision on what type of gutter they purchase. It is not necessarily a “get it and forget it” type of item. A little research now can make all the difference.
Basic seamless gutters need to be cleaned at least 2-3 times per year. It is important to decide if you are going to be able to perform this chore yourself or if you will need to hire a contractor to do it for you. Gutter cleanings performed by a licensed and insured contractor can cost several hundred dollars or more depending on the size of the home and the accessibility of the gutters. It can get expensive especially when you consider that debris can clog your gutters at all times of the year. You may need to hire someone to come out and check for a clog if a gutter unexpectedly starts to malfunction. This is another expense on top of your routine maintenance.
Add on products are available, such a Englert MicroGuard, which can cut down on the cleaning chore. While they won’t totally eliminate all maintenance, they will keep out the majority of debris which keeps what water does make it into the gutter to flow freely through the downspout and down to ground level. Maintenance is usually periodic removal of any debris that may rest on top of the cover and is not blown away by the wind.
Englert LeafGuard gutters are a unique covered gutter formed from one seamless piece of aluminum. Once installed they are guaranteed no to clog or they are cleaned for free. As with any covered gutter system, icicles may form during ice and snow conditions but they have minimal ice within the system itself that will cause open gutters to form ice dams or to be ripped from the home.