One pleasure in buying an older home is the beauty of mature trees on your property and their dazzling display of fall colors when the weather turns cool. But, what happens to the leaves when they fall?
What you don’t want is leaves clogging your gutters, preventing them doing their most important job—to route roof water away from vulnerable areas of the home’s exterior and garden. If your new home doesn’t have gutters or needs new ones, consider investing in them as an important and elegant part of your home’s curb appeal.
Today’s gutters are far from the boring half-pipe gullies of the past. You can choose gutters in an array of sizes, materials and designs that add style and value to your home. A general rule is the more durable and valuable the material, the higher the cost, but the longer it will last, according to Bankrate.com.
Vinyl is the most economical, but least durable. Aluminum is more durable but can crack like vinyl, but not as quickly. Some lower cost options may be available in faux-metal finishes. If your home is surrounded by trees or your area experiences strong winds, choose steel, zinc or copper, which can carry much more weight and last a lifetime.
A popular choice for gutters is the K-style, which has a staircase design that resembles crown molding so your home appears finished in finer detail from the street. Choose gutters with leaf and debris guards to minimize home maintenance chores.