Rain gutters play an important role in your home's roofing system. These troughs collect rainwater as it runs off your roof and channels it with slopes to downspouts that carry the water away from your home's foundation. Our roofing contractors specialize in gutter installation, repairs, and maintenance to protect your home from water damage.
Types of Gutters
Most residential gutters are 5" or 6" and made from steel, aluminum, copper, or vinyl in the standard K style. K-style gutters have 2×3" or 3×4" downspouts. There are many other types of gutters available, however, to match the style of your home.
The most popular style of gutters are seamless gutters, which are found on about 70% of homes in the U.S. While seamless gutters cost more than standard aluminum gutters, fewer seams means fewer leaks in the long run. Some homes have plastic or vinyl gutters which should be replaced as soon as possible. Vinyl gutters are often sold in do-it-yourself kits and, while easy to install, they will discolor and break down over time due to UV exposure. Plastic gutters will not stand the test of time and can be damaged by a ladder or heavy branches.
Our roof and gutter technicians install all types of gutters to protect your home.
Rain Gutter Repairs
While a rain gutter system can last up to 30 years, you will still need occasional repairs. Along with routine maintenance, it's important to have any damage repaired quickly to avoid leaks and damage to your foundation. Here are some of the most common gutter problems our Albuquerque gutter repair technicians encounter:
- Clogs. Gutters can become clogged with a build-up of debris or objects. If you see water marks below the gutters or water pooling by your foundation, your gutters are likely clogged.
- Sagging. Gutters that are sagging and pulling away from the home need to be repaired quickly before you are facing a rotting fascia board or even a collapse of your gutter system. Gutters usually sag when a hanger or spike breaks or the gutter is too heavy with debris.
- Leaks. Leaks can develop at openings of joints between gutter sections. Resealing your gutters can fix most leaks although gutters that are corroded may need to be replaced.
No matter what type of gutter system you have, your gutters will need regular maintenance just like your roof. Open gutters should be cleaned twice a year. Homes with a low slope roof will require more frequent cleaning.
No one enjoys cleaning leaves, dirt, and nests out of their gutters every year. An easy way to keep your gutters in great shape is the installation of gutter guards. Gutter guards or screens prevent debris like leaves from falling into and clogging the gutter while allowing water to flow freely. Some gutter guards need to be installed with the gutters although there are also add-on screens, inserts, and gutter hoods available.
Our roofing and rain gutter experts offer professional gutter installation, maintenance, and repairs to make sure your gutter system is doing its job: directing water away from your home's foundation before it can cause serious damage.
Roofers in Albuquerque perform many different types of roofing services and another service that we provide is new construction roofing. So if you are thinking of a new home, consider us for your roofing needs.