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Gutters are an important part of the roofing system. Without them, rain and water from melting snow would not be directed away from the foundation, fascia boards and rafters of the home or building. The result would be water reaching the foundation and getting into the basement and rotting fascia boards and other wood on the exterior of the structure. If gutters need repairing or replacement, homeowners should turn to Urbana roofers for assistance.

Gutters need to be maintained. Keep them and downspouts free of debris. Most gutters should be cleaned at least two times a year: once in the spring after the flowers are in bloom and once in the fall after leaves have fallen from the trees. Use a putty knife or trowel to remove debris from gutters. To control debris getting into gutters and downspouts, gutter covers and guards are available. Debris left in gutters in hot, dry parts of the country is a fire hazard. Clogged gutters may also cause soil erosion and damage to exterior paint, and they may lead to mold.

Some appliances to prevent clogged drains are as simple as 3 inch or 4 inch metal strainers that sit inside the top of the downspout. Gutter guards, on the other hand, are placed over the entire gutter to catch leaves in particular while letting rain flow through easily into the downspout.

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The gutter must slope slightly toward the downspout for rain to flow properly to it. Use a level to determine the slope. If an adjustment is needed, adjust the hangers.

If the gutter is sagging, remove the hangers surrounding the sag and make the adjustment after making a chalk line that follows the correct slope. When rehanging hangers, do not use the same nail holes. Place the hangers every two feet, and if placing them near seams, hang them every foot. Correct spacing of hangers is important to the life of the gutter because hangers give it strength and stability.

While gutters are made of aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, zinc or vinyl. A vinyl gutter system is often the least costly. Its pieces snap together, and the installer does not have to use sealants. Vinyl gutters do not rust. Cooper and zinc gutters will not rust either. However, seamless aluminum gutters are widely used in homes today because they come in a variety of colors and can be customized for just about any home. Their price and durability also make them the choice of many homeowners.

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