If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve never thought about the importance of gutters unless they were in need of replacement or repair. Unfortunately, by then you’ve realized how easily and extensively your home can be damaged by heavy rain and water that seeps into crevices along the roofline or the foundation.
Once water is introduced, the risk of rot, mold, and termite infestation increases dramatically. But with a gutter system in good repair and working properly your home should be protected against most kinds of water damage.
Gutters, Soffit, and fascia all go hand-in-hand-in-hand. Gutters, Soffit, and fascia are three sides to the same coin and typically when new gutters are being installed it is important to have the fascia (which they are attached to) and your home’s soffit inspected to ensure the wood is not water damaged and vulnerable.
The fascia on a home is the area of the house that the gutters are connected to. The soffit is the area running the length of the fascia back to the house itself. To understand, stand under the front of your home with your back against the wall. When you look up you are looking at the soffit. Typically, the soffit is perforated in order to facilitate air circulation.
Roof-Masters will examine the soffit and fascia to make sure they are not rotted. If there is any rot, it is always a good idea to have the wood replaced and then wrapped in either PVC coated vinyl or aluminum in order to protect the wood against water damage. If your fascia needs to be replaced it is always a good idea to also replace the soffit.
Water damage can destroy a home and that is why homeowners understand the
importance of maintaining proper gutters, soffit and fascia for their home. Professional installation coupled with the use of the highest quality materials is what sets Roof-Masters apart from the competition.
Most residential gutters are constructed of aluminum, vinyl, steel, copper or wood. The most popular residential gutters – aluminum – come in many colors, but they can also be painted. Another great bonus with aluminum is you never have to worry about rusting.
An experienced Roof-Masters professional will help you choose the right materials for your gutters taking into account the style of your home, the number of trees in your yard and the climate in which you live. We’ll help you consider if specialty gutters that are designed with a built-in cover to keep leaves and other debris out of the gutter while allowing the water to flow through, are the right choice for you.
There are also some choices in the shape of your gutter including Half Round, a half-circle, usually only used in turn of the century architecture and K-Style, which is flat on the bottom and with a decorative shape on its front.
Whatever material or design you select for new or replacement gutters, or if you have gutters that are in need of repair, the one choice you need to make right away, is to call the pros at Roof-Masters. We’re here for you for all your gutter needs.