What is a gutter?

A rain gutter is a narrow trough or duct that is attached to the edge of a roof which collects rainwater and diverts it away from the structure, typically into a drain.

What is a downspout?

Downspouts are vertical pipes that connect to the gutter and usually extend down to ground level that carry rainwater down and away from the building's foundation, protecting the foundation from water damage.

Why are gutters important?

When water is not diverted away from your home, all sorts of problems develop, including:

  • Leaks and/or flooded basement or crawlspace
  • Cracked, uneven, or damaged foundation
  • Soil erosion around the home
  • Rotting fascia boards at the roofline
  • Mold and mildew growth inside and outside
  • Moist environment attracts termites and other insects
  • Staining on the exterior of the home, siding, or masonry
  • Settling and cracking of sidewalks, driveways, and other concrete

Does my home need gutters?

Not all homes need a gutter system. Homes in arid climates that are not subject to periods of heavy rains may be fine without. But if you live in Michigan (or the Midwest) than yes, you need a good system

What will it cost to install a gutter system?

There really is no “one size fits all” price for gutters. The cost of gutters varies widely depending on the scope of the job, the unique features of your home and current gutter system, and the type of guttering/gutter protection you are considering. Because of all these variables it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how much your new gutter system will cost without a professional estimate. Click here to use our free online gutter system estimator.

How long does the installation take?

Most gutter projects are completed in one day, many in just a few hours.

Are there different types of gutters?

There are two basic types of gutters, and they are referred to by the shape of their cross sections. There are K-Style gutters, which have flat bottoms and backs, and the front side usually has a decorative shape, such as a curve or ogee, that mimics crown molding. And there are Half-Round gutters which are half-round tubes. We offer the K-Style gutter in both 5 and 6in.

Are there different color options?

Yes, there are many colors available for your gutters. We currently offer over 30 different colors to choose from.

What are seamless gutters?

Seamless gutters are just as the name implies – seamless. There isn’t a break or seam in the gutter. They are made with a seamless gutter machine that is brought to your home by the gutter contractor. Each individual gutter section is customized to fit your home.

How do seamless gutters differ from sectional gutters?

With a conventional sectional gutter system there are many sections of guttering all pieced together by snap-in-place connectors. Over time these sections form leaks in the seams and can cause wood rot behind the gutter. Since there are no seams with seamless gutters, there are no leaks.

Why should I clean my gutters?

The whole purpose of a gutter system is to collect rainwater and carry it away from your home and it’s foundation. If your gutters are clogged and full of debris they cannot do their job properly and excess water will pour out and over the gutter. This can cause the wood behind your gutters to rot and can also cause the exterior of your home to become stained. In the winter this trapped water can freeze weighing your gutters down which can cause damage to the gutters and the roof. And most importantly the rainwater will not be properly diverted away from your home.

How often do I need to clean my gutters?

We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, at the beginning of fall and at the beginning of spring.

Can I protect my gutters from getting clogged?

Yes, there are several options of gutter protection available which will help to keep debris out of your gutters. The type(s) of gutter protection that will work best for your roof will depend on the types of trees in your area. If you only have trees that produce large leaves you may be able to get by with a simple screen style gutter protection. But if you have pine trees and other trees that produce small debris you may need a micro-mesh or helmet style gutter protection to keep your gutters flowing freely.

How can I tell if I need new gutters?

Here are some signs that it may be time to replace your gutters:

  • If your gutters have started to crack or split or develop rust spots
  • If you have bubbled or peeling paint on the exterior of your home around your gutters
  • If you have pools of water or signs of mildew around your home’s foundation
  • If you have water marks or water damage below your gutters
  • If your gutters have started to sag or pull away from the house
  • If you have sectional gutters and the seams have started to stress
  • If you have water or moisture problems in your basement
  • If you have foundation problems
  • If your gutters are not draining properly

How many downspouts should my rain gutters have?

The number of downspouts needed depends on the size and complexity of your roof; as well as the size of your gutters and downspouts. Typically, each gutter section will have one downspout. Short sections of gutter may be connected and drain into one downspout (such as at a small porch, dormer, or eyebrow). For longer runs, we recommend one downspout every 25’ – 30’. To have fewer downspouts, a larger 3”x4” downspout may be used instead of the standard 2”x3” downspout.

What are the advantages of installing gutter protection?

There are many advantages to having gutter protection installed. Some include:

  • No clogging of your gutters, which means they will continue to work properly
  • No rust or water damage
  • Reduced maintenance
  • You won’t have to risk injury trying to clean your gutters yourself

Can I install gutters on my own?

Certainly, if you are a regular do-it-yourselfer and are comfortable on a ladder, you can install sectional gutters, but you’ll need a qualified professional to install seamless gutters.

Do gutters cause ice dams?

Contrary to popular belief, gutters do NOT cause ice dams. Ice dams are caused from improper roof circulation and ventilation.