The gutter system is one of the most essential components of any home. As you know, gutter systems perform the important function of directing rainwater away from your home’s foundation. A lapsed or compromised system could lead to thousands of dollars in damages. In some cases, that damage can be irreparable. Those Northwest Indiana winters can test even the sturdiest systems, leading to a myriad of issues.
Common Gutter System Problems
Clogged gutters: This condition occurs when gutters and downspouts get so clogged with leaves, twigs, and standing water that they are virtually useless. The weight from the water and debris can cause your system to sag and eventually pull away from the façade of your home. Cleaning your gutters at least once a year – double if you live by a lot of trees – prevents them from clogging.
Sagging Gutters/Gutters Pulling Away from the House: When the hangers that secure your gutters to your home’s fascia begin to pull apart, then you have the condition of sagging gutters. Or worse, they can pull completely away from your home. If fasteners that attach to your hangers have deteriorated over time, it might be time to replace them. Hangers and fasteners can be replaced at a minimal cost.
Leaks and Holes: Compromises to your gutter system can occur over time due to harsh weather conditions or from objects colliding or interfering with your gutters. Leaks and holes can be patched with gutter sealant. Larger holes can be patched with a kit. Both patching solutions are available for sale at your local hardware store.
Improperly Pitched Gutters: This is due to the lack of alignment between your gutters and downspouts. If you notice standing water in your gutters after a rainstorm, chances are your system is improperly pitched. To fix this problem, Houselogic.com recommends that you measure from the peak of the gutter to the downspout. Snapping a chalk line between the two to find the spots where the gutter is out of alignment can also help. If you can’t correct this lack of alignment by bending the hanger, you may have to take a section of your gutter down to rehang it properly.
Downspouts Draining Too Close to the Foundation: This issue occurs when your downspouts drain water too close to your home’s foundation. Correcting this issue is relatively cheap and easy. Installing gutter extensions to the bottom of your downspout will facilitate water flow well beyond your foundation.
Missing gutters: Clearly this is one of the most critical situations. Missing gutters can cause thousands of dollars in roof and façade damage. Thankfully, there are a range of gutter systems available to remedy your problem.
Most homeowners already have a gutter system in place. However, the aforementioned issues with gutters begs this question: What can I do to protect my home from compromised or lapsed gutters?
That’s where Style-Craft comes in. For 45 years we have been in the business of upgrading, improving and restoring Northwest Indiana homes, thanks to our belief in modern style and traditional craftsmanship. We offer the perfect gutter solution for homeowners from the St. John, Crown Point, Schererville areas, which are prone to particularly harsh winters.
Style-Craft offers the best, most durable gutter cover systems to protect and augment your existing gutters. Our systems are comprised of high-quality aluminum or copper and are seamless, meaning they are custom-made to fit our home. Seamless systems are superior to sectional systems, which can be less sturdy and more easily compromised. What’s more, our aluminum and copper cover systems can last a number of years.
Gutter Covers to Meet Your Budget
Contractor Series: Our most economical option keeps broad leaf trees from clogging your gutters. The contractor series is only available for residential 5” gutters.
Pro Series: Available for residential 5” gutters and commercial 6” gutters, this system prevents trash from clogging your system and fits securely around the end caps to prevent small birds and rodents from nesting in your gutters. Available in a variety of colors, Style-Craft’s pro series won’t cave from snow and ice or deteriorate from the harsh light of the sun.
Premium Series: The most extreme leaf protection system we offer is made from expanded metal and is completely covered with a stainless steel micro mesh to keep even the tiniest amounts of debris out of your gutter. This system is also available for residential 5-inch and commercial 6-inch gutters. This sturdy system can withstand the snow and ice and won’t deteriorate from the sun.
Gutter covers can enhance the functionality of your gutters while preserving the value of your home. Let a certified Style-Craft professional inspect your home and recommend your ideal gutter cover solution. Visit our showroom in Lowell at 11108 W. 181st Ave. You can also contact us for a consultation and appointment.