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6 Tips for Choosing the Best Rain Gutters for Your Home

If you’re having trouble choosing rain gutters, don’t worry; you’re not alone! Figuring out the right fit involves a series of decisions that most people will really only have to deal with or twice in their lifetime. This guide will help put you on track toward finding the best gutters for your home.

If you’ve recently bought a new home or are planning an exterior home remodel, you’ll have many decisions to make. Some are easier than others. One that you may find difficult is choosing the best rain gutters for your home’s exterior. They come in many different materials, a few different styles and nearly infinite colors. Plus, because it’s not a frequent purchase, it’s not one most people are familiar with.

Tips For Choosing The Best Rain Gutters For Your Home

Gutter Helmet has put together some advice to help you choose the best rain gutters (and roof gutter covers) for your home.

Know Your Municipality or HOA Regulations

If you live in a deed-restricted neighborhood or a historic area, you need to know what you’re allowed to have and if there are any specific colors you’re not allowed. Some historic areas require U-shaped gutters, while others allow only copper gutters. The last thing you want to do is choose and install new gutters and have to tear them off because they aren’t the right style or color.

Curb Appeal

You want your gutters to compliment your home. Therefore, choosing the right style and color is important. Most homeowners choose K-style gutters because they look like crown molding and give a home a finished look. As for color, choose either something that coordinates with your trim, fascia or siding, or that matches your roof.

Material

When it comes to materials, you can choose from plastic, aluminum, copper or galvanized steel. There’s a huge price difference between the materials. Most homeowners choose aluminum because they have a good life expectancy and are middle-of-the-road as far as cost goes. If you’re considering roof gutter covers and have a brand in mind, make sure that the material and style you choose work with that brand of gutter covers.

Rainfall Rates

Granted, if you’re working with a gutter company, they’ll know the local rainfall rates and how large a gutter you need. You don’t want to choose a gutter that’s not going to provide your home with adequate protection because your gutters are too small. While you’re speaking with your installer about the rainfall rates, find out if they also handle gutter protection installation. You may want to discuss paying for both gutter and gutter protection installation at the same time, from the same company.

Type of Gutter System

The two types of gutter systems are seamless and sectional. Most homeowners today opt for seamless gutters as they have fewer fail points. When you’re looking at a new gutter system, you should also consider roof gutter covers. Some gutter companies install certain brands, while others offer Gutter Helmet®. Your gutters can only do their job if they’re free of debris, so choosing gutters and gutter protection installation from a Gutter Helmet® dealer gives you gutters that you’ll never clean and that look great.

Gutter Helmet installers can also install new seamless aluminum gutters for your home. If you live in an area prone to heavy snowfall and cold temperatures, ask about Helmet Heat® as part of your gutter protection system. Contact us through our form or by calling (800) 824-3772 to be put in touch with your nearest Gutter Helmet installer.

 



About Chelsea Welsh
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National Marketing Manager for Gutter Helmet®, Chelsea Welsh, MBA, has been a part of the Gutter Helmet team for 7 years and in the home improvement industry for over 13 years. Chelsea is a recognized expert in internet marketing strategies for the home improvement industry. She holds an MBA degree with a Master's Degree in Marketing. She lives in Louisiana and enjoys spending time with her two sons, Christian and Noah. For more from Chelsea, visit the Gutter Helmet® blog.