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Gutter Installation Options

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Gutters are a mainstay of modern home design, and they serve both a functional and an aesthetic purpose. If your home needs new gutters, here’s a guide on the necessity of gutters and how they can be used to accentuate your home’s look.

Gutters Move Water Away From The Foundation

Every home should have gutters. Without them, rain water would race off the roof and fall right next to the house. This rain run off will then land on patios, decks, and plants and proceed to saturate the very foundation that is holding up our home. This would create a big problem.

In essence, gutters are an important investment in preserving our homes from the damage caused by uncontrolled water runoff.


Many Gutter Design Options Are Available

Gutters aren’t merely functional. They are also extremely visible, and have an outsized aesthetic effect on our home’s appearance. Have you ever looked at a new house without gutters, and noticed that it just doesn’t quite look right. The lack of gutters is visually unappealing.

Gutters can also be beautiful. They can act like trim for the roof. They can add value, and enhance our home’s appearance.

To ensure that gutters enhance a home’s appearance no matter what type of exterior design your house has, gutters are available in a wide variety of materials. Aluminum is a common and traditional choice, but gutters are available in a range of other materials. You can find:

  • Aluminum gutters
  • Steel gutters
  • Copper gutters
  • Vinyl gutters

Many of these gutters come in or can be painted almost any color to further complement your home’s look.


How to Decide What Gutters Are Right for Your Home

Choosing gutters for your house requires first considering your home’s style. Does your home have a more modern or traditional look? Or is it historic or perhaps a farmhouse?

A wide variety of materials, styles and designs are available for these types of homes. You won’t have a problem finding a good-looking gutter design no matter what your home’s general appearance is like.

Second, think about your home’s appearance more specifically. The specifics of your home’s look will help you make some of the more detailed decisions about your gutters:

  • Color: Gutters usually match the color of a home’s fascia board.
  • Gutter Guards: Gutter guards help keep leaves and debris out of gutters. They’re especially useful if a lot of trees are nearby.
  • Downspouts: Downspouts may be used to direct water underground, or water can be emptied right onto the ground. Your home’s immediate landscaping may impact this choice.
  • Downspout Placement: Downspouts should be placed where they’re minimally noticeable and based on immediate landscaping drainage needs.


Talk With a Professional Gutter Installer

As you go through these various decisions, discuss your gutter options with a professional gutter installation provider. At Pickard Roofing, we’re professional roofers and gutter installers. With this dual expertise, we can professionally help you evaluate what gutters will provide the functionality that you need and also look great with your home’s exterior.

We know how to complement the architectural design and what materials to select so that you don’t make regrettable compromises.


Call Pickard Roofing

To speak with a gutter installation professional in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, contact Pickard Roofing. Experts in all things roofing and gutters, we’ll discuss our gutter options with you and help you select whichever gutters are best for your home.


At Pickard Roofing, we think Design. Craft. Renew. We are experienced in all types of roofing systems- and provide the right roofing design and selective craftsmanship for renewing our customer’s assets. We invite sustainable building customers to give us a call for your free evaluation. For over 90 years Pickard Roofing Company has installed countless metal, tile, slate, TPO, EPDM, and all types of shingle roofing in the Triangle. Our services include residential, commercial, custom architectural metal fabrication, and historical renovation.