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Why Gutters Fail

By April 27, 2017October 18th, 2023No Comments

For many homeowners who are investing in home improvement projects for their exteriors, gutters tend to be an afterthought. Sure, they play an important role in protecting your home from water damage, but at the end of the day, they’re just gutters. Does it really matter what type of material you use for your gutters, or which contractor you hire to install them?

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In short: yes. Do you want your new roof or siding to retain its pristine appearance? Do you want your interior to remain dry, mold-free and comfortable? Then you need to put as much care and thought into your new gutters as you would any other home improvement project!

Here, Jim Moon of Moonworks discusses the top three reasons gutters fail, and explains what you can do to ensure your new gutters don’t suffer the same fate.

Reason #1: Low-Quality Material

Like any other component of your exterior, your gutters are constantly exposed to the elements. During strong storms, they need to be able to support 30-40 pounds per foot of material. If your gutters are made of a weak material, they may break away from your home during a storm or heavy winds, causing significant damage.

This is why it pays to invest in a high-quality, durable material for your gutters. At Gutter Helmet®, we recommend choosing strong, heavy-gauge, seamless aluminum.

Reason #2: Faulty Installation

Even the highest-quality gutter material will let you down, however, if your system isn’t properly installed. Your gutters need to be securely attached to your roof during the installation to ensure they will remain intact in severe conditions.

Be sure to do your due diligence before hiring a contractor. Ask friends and acquaintances for references, and check reviews online. You want to pick a reputable company with ample experience and positive customer reviews.

Reason #3: No Gutter Protection System

After selecting a high-quality gutter material and experienced, reputable contractors to handle the installation, you’re well on your way to achieving long-lasting, high-performance gutters. But there’s one more step you need to take: installing a gutter protection system.

Without gutter guards or gutter screens, leaves, pine needles and other debris can accumulate in your gutters and create a clog, causing water to overflow onto your siding. This can result in major water damage that will require expensive repairs.

At Gutter Helmet, we are proud to offer the leading gutter protection system on the market today. Our innovative gutter guard features a nose-forward design that filters debris out of your gutters, allowing water to flow unimpeded through your system as designed. Gutter Helmet is sealed with a PermaLife™ finish, which is resistant to fading, chalking and corrosion. Available in a variety of colors to complement your home’s architectural style, the PermaLife finish will keep your gutters looking sleek and pristine for many years.

Contact Us

For more tips on how to keep your gutters in top shape throughout their service life, or to request a free quote for our gutter protection system, call Gutter Helmet today at (800) 824-3772. We look forward to helping you.