Did you know that good gutters are key to a healthy foundation? Without great gutters, your foundation can suffer water damage and you can end up with a wet basement and in need of foundation repair.
In today’s blog post, we’re explaining the types of gutters and gutter styles available so that you can choose the best gutter for your home. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’re in need of foundation repair or concrete leveling in Nashville, contact A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair.
Why Are Gutters Important?
Gutters have one job: divert water away from the building. Here in Nashville, we can get heavy rains, and that water can cause extensive damage to your home, especially to the siding, windows, doors — and foundation. Without gutters, water will pool near the foundation of your home and can cause you to need extensive foundation repairs.
The health of your foundation is tied to the health of your gutters. Remember, gutters are a relatively small cost compared to the cost of your foundation, and it’s vital that you choose ones that protect your home.
Types of Gutters
Choosing the right type of gutter will help you prevent the need for foundation repair. Learn more.
Despite the name, K-style gutters don’t actually look like the letter K. Instead, they are curved and resemble crown molding. They’re the most common type of gutters and provide excellent drainage for most Nashville homes. You can get them in different lengths and are installed with regular downspouts.
Half-round gutters, unlink K-style gutters, look exactly like you think they would be based on their name — a half-circle. They feature a semicircular trough with a curved lip, and they look great on older brick homes. They catch water efficiently but don’t drain water away from your home as efficiently. Again, you can buy them in different sizes depending on your needs.
You can also get custom-built fascia gutters. Unlike other gutters, they’re not sold in sections. Instead, they are custom-built for the house out of one long piece of aluminum. This means that you don’t have seams that are vulnerable to rust and leaks. This gutter option is pretty pricey, and you pay based on the size of your home.
Along with gutter type, you also have several different options for gutter materials.
Aluminum gutters are the most popular gutter material. They’re rust-resistant, lightweight, and you can get them in a wide variety of colors to match the style of your home.
Vinyl is a bit more attractive than aluminum, while still being relatively affordable. If you’re wanting to try a DIY installation, vinyl gutters are a great choice.
Copper gutters are unique and beautiful. They’re a great choice for historic restorations and luxury homes. Installing copper gutters requires a lot of skill because the pieces must be welded together.
Zinc is rust-resistant and more durable than aluminum. It only comes in matte gray and is another great choice for historic restoration and luxury homes.
If you already have gutters on your home but would still like to improve your drainage and help prevent the need for foundation repair, then gutter accessories are for you!
Gutter guards are hood or mesh screens that block leaves and other debris from accumulating in your gutter. When your gutters get blocked, they aren’t able to properly divert water away from your home, which leads to foundation problems and leaky basements.
Gutter Cleaning Tools
You need to keep up with gutter maintenance, and gutter cleaning tools are a great way to remove clogs and debris on your own.
Your downspout is just as important as your gutter! Without downspout brackets, your downspout could blow away. You can secure your downspout against your house with these brackets, which come in decorative finishes and designs to match your aesthetic.
A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville
Gutters are the first line of defense for your foundation, and we hope that today’s blog post helped you see why! While we hope that you never end up with a leaky basement, our team of foundation experts is here to help if you do. If you’re in need of foundation repair, contact A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville for an inspection and free quote. We’ll let you know what the problem is and what your options are for foundation repair. Along with foundation repair, we also specialize in concrete pouring and concrete leveling. Contact us today for a free quote.
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