Aside from properly redirecting rainwater, gutters give an extra layer of trim lines to a roof and the house in general. Arrol Gellner of the Inman News reports:
"I’ve seen homeowners spend weeks agonizing over which shingle color and texture is best for their new roof. Then, after going to all this effort, they simply leave it to the roofing company to install any old piece-of-junk gutters.
Since rain gutters and downspouts can be even more conspicuous than the roof itself, you should choose new ones with at least as much care. But before you do, make sure they actually need replacement. Too often, they don’t."
The emphasis on doing away with old gutters may resonate with residents of Grand Blanc, MI. Temperatures in the city during the first two months of the year range from eight degrees below zero Celsius and a measly 1C; snow buildup and ice dams can strain the gutters to the point of undermining the roof structure. When you are in the market for a fresh set of gutters, consider solutions like those available from Affordable Seamless Gutters in Grand Blanc, MI.
Gellner states that lumping a gutter replacement job with, say, a roofing assignment can be dicey at best because it saps you of the concentration you need. A specialist will devote their time to fully looking over the condition of your gutters before furnishing you with a detailed quote for a repair or replacement job. However, leave the gutters as they are if the testing showed no leaks.
Take note: just because the gutters were certified safe doesn’t usually mean the other elements are too. A company like Affordable Seamless Gutters also has the capability to repair eaves in Grand Blanc, MI. An upgrade can be accomplished by installing vented soffits that regulate attic temperature and prevent accumulation of ice dams.
The weather may be easing up as springtime gets closer on the horizon, but you should not wait until then to have your gutters fixed. It can make a difference in preserving the roof structure.
(Source: 4 rules of gutter replacement, Inman News, June 1, 2012)