Gutter Replacement, Repair and Installation
Gutters protect your home’s siding, foundation, and landscaping by collecting rainwater and funneling it safely to the ground through a series of downspouts, downspouts, splash blocks, and for some homes, underground drain lines. Jim Hicks and his expert team can safely replace, repair, and install complete gutter systems to protect your home’s foundation and prevent water leakage into your home.
Typical Types of Gutters
Gutters come in a variety of materials and profiles. If you plan to replace existing gutters with ones of a different material or profile and live within a homeowner’s association, check to see whether they require approval for making an exterior change.
- Aluminum is the most common material for gutters from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach. It doesn’t rust and does not need to be painted. Aluminum gutters are available in a wide array of colors. The enamel is baked onto the aluminum at the factory. Their lifespan is about 20 years.
- Vinyl is lightweight and clips together easily. At Jim Hicks Home Improvement, we strongly advise against the installation of vinyl gutters which tend to sag, bend, twist, and present an unsightly appearance.
- Copper is the “Cadillac” of gutter materials and can also be the most beautiful with the most longevity. Copper gutters are commonly seen on distinctive homes in Williamsburg, Newport News, and Norfolk.
- Cast iron, albeit heavyweight and long lasting, is found infrequently in our Hampton Roads region. To prevent rust, cast iron gutters must be painted. This is not an issue with the more costly stainless steel gutters.
Profiles and Styles:
- K Style (Ogee) is the most popular style of gutter on Hampton Roads homes. It is sometimes connected directly to the fascia.
- Half-Round is required by some homeowner associations in historical areas such as Hilton Village in Newport News. Primarily used on homes built before 1960.
- There are other less popular shapes including box.
Telltale Signs Your Gutters Need Replaced or Repaired
- Sagging or hanging off the fascia boards
- They don’t drain properly and hold water
- They overflow
What Sized Gutter Do You Need?
Your gutter size will depend upon the size, slope, and material of your roof. Today’s typical home takes a 5” K Style, though a 6” is recommended for larger roofs. Because they are shallower and do not convey as much water, half-round gutters should be sized 1 inch wider than a K-style. If the roofing material is slate or tile or if the roof is steeply pitched, wide gutters will do a better job of catching the water runoff.
Downspouts are sized slightly differently than gutters. Your gutter contractor will likely install a 2-by 3-inch downspout for a roof measuring 600 sq. ft. and size up to a 3-by 4-inch leader for a 1,200 sq. ft. roof. A 5-inch K-style gutter will fit a downspout sized 2 by 3 inches, but a 3 by 4 does a better job of handling debris like leaves.
Do leaf free gutters really work?
A leaf-free gutter or gutter cover is supposed to allow rainwater to flow in but keep leaves and debris out. Do they really work? Yes they do, but only if they are the right design and then are installed as they were designed to be! We have tried out about every design on the market and are happy to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each style. There is no “one size fits all.” Let’s find the style that works for you and your house together! The brand we recommend is called Leaf Relief.
What Brands of Gutters Are Available?
The pros at Jim Hicks Home Improvement can repair and install any brand, material, shape, and sized gutter you would like.
Schedule an appointment with Jim Hicks Home Improvement if your gutters are leaking and in need of repair or replacement. Our experienced contractors are happy to come out and give you a free estimate on the work you want completed. We have a 5-year workmanship warranty on replacement of an entire gutter system and a 1-year workmanship warranty on repair work. Materials have different material and labor warranties from their respective manufacturer.