Gutters, along with gutter guards, are essential parts of a house. They guide water away from the house's foundations and into the street gutters. They're particularly useful if you have a basement. They come in various shapes, styles, and materials. And while the functionality remains the same, the extent to which they can do their job may vary according to these factors. Read on to find out how to choose the best gutters and gutter guards for your home.
Before anything else, you must set a budget for the gutters and gutter guards. For your reference, gutters may cost from USD$7 to USD$33 per linear foot. The average size of homes of 150 feet would equate to a total cost of approximately USD$1,000 to USD$5,000 per home. Meanwhile, gutter guards may cost USD$0.50 to USD$10 per foot, with a total cost of USD$75 to USD$1,500. You have to establish a budget according to these numbers.
With a budget, you can at least eliminate a couple of options from your list, which would help your selection later on. You must get rid of either too pricey or too cheap.
Gutters can either be seamless or sectional. Seamless gutters are made up of one continuous piece of metal, while sectional gutters are cut into multiple smaller sections, hence the name.
Each type has its respective pros and cons. Seamless gutters, in particular, have the advantage of being stronger and more rigid compared to sectional gutters as they're connected seamlessly.
Furthermore, water often leaks into the gaps of each gutter piece. So, water leaks are less likely to happen with seamless gutters as they're made up of fewer pieces and, therefore, contain fewer gaps. The only downside to seamless gutters is that they're more complicated to install than sectional gutters. This is because they're cut from a single piece of metal on-site.
For these reasons, installing seamless gutters yourself is rarely a good idea. That also means seamless gutters can increase the cost of hiring a gutter service company due to the greater difficulty, while sectional gutters do not.
There are generally four types of gutter guards. Each type offers a set of pros and cons, and the best option for you would vary according to your specific needs and preferences.
Here's a look at these types and their pros and cons:
Both gutters and gutter guards can vary in material. And just like the type, each material offers different advantages and disadvantages. Let's take a look at what each material offers:
While high-budget gutters and gutter guards are generally better in many aspects than those with an affordable price, they're not always more cost-effective. Moreover, you must assess your needs first before deciding which is the best option for you. The ideal choice would vary depending on whether you value aesthetics, longevity, or efficiency. Regardless, this guide should help you with decision-making as it tackles your available options.
Laura Hodges, “Time to Update Your Gutters? Top Materials to Consider” House Method, June 16, 2022, https://housemethod.com/maintenance/types-of-gutter-guards/
Lee Wallender and Samantha Allen, “How Much Does Gutter Installation Or Replacement Cost?” Forbes Advisor, February 6, 2022, https://www.forbes.com/advisor/home-improvement/gutter-installation-replacement-cost/
TC Backer, “Seamless Gutters vs Sectional Gutters: Which is the Better Gutter?” TC Backer, January 6, 2020, https://321gutterdone.com/seamless-gutters-vs-sectional-gutters-which-is-the-better-gutter