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A Primer on Picking the Right Kind of Gutters for Your Home

Don’t underestimate the damage water can do to your home. Left unattended, tiny drops of water can eventually lead to wood rot or mold. Gutters play a key role in preventing this type of damage. That’s why it’s important to pick a suitable one for your home. Read on as Asher Lasting Exteriors, your go-to company for replacement windows, lists the things you’d need to consider before buying new gutters.

A Primer on Picking the Right Kind of Gutters for Your Home

The Pitch and Total Area of Your Roof

Your gutters, its downspouts and its pipes need to be able to handle the rain overflow from your roof. As a general rule, no more than 15 meters of gutters should empty into a pipe.

The ability of your gutters to divert rainwater away is also affected by its slope. A better water flow might help wash away small debris, so the steeper the slope, the better the flow of water. However, your new gutters can’t be too steep, as it might cause some problems with the fascia boards, or the long boards that run along the edge of your roof.

To be on the safe side, it’d be better to choose gutters that can handle more rainwater. Some manufacturers have engineered their products to do just that. Asher Lasting Exteriors’ gutters, for instance, can divert 33% more rainwater away from your home than conventional gutters.

Maintenance Needs

Your gutters need more maintenance than other parts of your home, like your windows, for instance. Left unattended for even a short while, foliage and other debris can clog your gutters, causing rain overflow that can damage your home.

But if you don’t have the time to clean your gutters every week, we recommend installing gutter protection, like Gutter Helmet®, which will keep the foliage out of your gutters while allowing rainwater to flow down the pipes uninterrupted.

Aesthetic Appeal

One mismatched element is all it takes to ruin your home’s curb appeal. When shopping for gutters, pick a shade that will complement your roof’s color. When in doubt, choose classic material finishes, like copper. Asher Lasting Exteriors offers copper gutters that can give your exterior that nostalgic old-world feel.

Apart from the aforementioned products, we also offer window replacement services. For inquiries and a free estimate, call us at (715) 204-4840 or leave us a message on this form.  We serve homeowners in Eau Claire and Menomonie, WI and beyond.

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