Houston Gutter Installation & Clean Out
Gutters are an important component of any roofing system. They are critical for protecting your home and foundation from rainwater, ice and the infrequent snow Houston experiences. Gutters come in many shapes and materials. We can help your decide what type of gutter system is best for your home if you are planning to replace or install new gutters.
The History of Gutters
The first rain gutters were made of wood that was carved into different shapes and sizes. In the early 1900s, metal roll-forming machines were used to produce metal gutters that eventually replaced wooden ones. The first gutter-forming machines were big, heavy and costly, which meant that gutters were manufactured in factories until portable, lightweight versions were introduced in the 1970s. Those gutter machines could be taken from job to job where gutters were made at the location of the installation. At that time, a gutter machine only made one size gutter in one shape.
Gutters are now made of aluminum, copper, steel, galvalume, zinc and vinyl. They come in many styles and shapes. The most common types are K-style, fascia, half round and European.
Sectional or Seamless
Rain gutters for a Houston roof are manufactured in two ways. They can be produced in sections or in a seamless, continuous run. Sectional gutters are available in sections that are 10 feet long. The sections are connected to each other and to the downspout with snap-in-place connectors. Over time the seams will eventually leak. Seamless gutters cannot leak at the seams because they do not have any. They are made on-site with a portable gutter machine.
Rain gutters are a very efficient way to divert water from your roof to the ground and away from your foundation, but they can have problems. Fallen leaves, twigs and other debris can accumulate in them, which causes your gutters to become blocked and overflow. This spillage can damage your roof and erode the ground next to your home, which will expose your foundation to possible damage. Pooled water can also rust your gutters and cause them to break free from your home. In the winter, debris can form ice dams that will damage your gutters and prevent them from working properly.
Leaf guards; also known as gutter guards prevent a build-up of debris in your gutters. They are an excellent solution to this problem especially if you live in an area with many trees. Leaf guards can be installed during your Houston gutter installation or gutter repair.
Types of Gutter Failure
If you pay attention to your gutters, you can tell if there is a problem. This could be the difference between repairing or replacing your gutters. Here are some warning signs of gutter failure.
- Sagging gutters
- Broken welds
- Gutter rust
- Crushed or distorted gutters
- Holes in the gutters
- Rain water overflow
If you need to have your gutters replaced, repaired or given a yearly check-up, give Paramount Roofing a call. We can inspect your roof while we perform a Houston gutter clean out. Call us today at 713-748-4000 for a free estimate from our owner.