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Ultimate Buyer’s Guide for Gutters

Planning on purchasing new gutters for your Virginia Beach home? Before you grab the next product in sight, the experts at Tidewater Insulators have some advice! Gutters play a critical role in protecting your home from weather. When choosing gutters, you don’t want to choose just any product or company: you want the right product that suits your specific needs!

Not sure of where to start, and feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t stress! Our experts are here to help. Read our guide for help choosing the perfect gutters for your home.

Seamless vs. Sectional Gutters

Sectional Gutters

A sectional gutter is exactly what it sounds like: multiple sections installed together using a sealant to avoid leakage. Sectional gutters have been the ‘standard’ for years, and they do a perfectly fine job. Your big concern here is that sectional gutters are less expensive, but require consistent maintenance to ensure the integrity of the seals.

Seamless Gutters

Seamless gutters have been growing in popularity recently, as they are simple and sturdy. Seamless gutters are formed on-site to suit your home, and require specialized machinery.

Choosing Your Gutter Material

When it comes to choosing the right material for your gutters, there are several options to consider:

  • Vinyl gutters. Easy to handle and install, vinyl gutters are the least expensive and most widely available gutter material. Having said this, we would like to point out that vinyl is a good, solid choice to get you started, but they have the shortest lifespan and sometimes require a good bit of maintenance.
  • Aluminum gutters. Aluminum is the most popular gutter material. It provides durable, solid construction that is resistant/impervious to rust, and boasts a longer than average lifespan. Aluminum is also lightweight, avoiding stress on your roof.
  • Steel gutters. An excellent option for areas that see extreme weather and variable conditions. Steel is strong, very durable and boasts very good resistances. It, however, can rust, usually within twenty years.
  • Copper gutters. Boasting a unique aesthetic appeal and excellent durability, copper is one of the absolute best gutter materials available. It will not rust (instead developing a patina, often a desirable appearance), is very resistant to weather, and is built to last.

Additional Gutter Products: Gutter Guards

Gutter covers and other add-ons can help protect your gutters from debris and damage. No matter what kind of product it is, we absolutely recommend installing gutter guards or a similar product. They can help improve the lifespan of your gutters, and reduce the need for costly gutter repairs.

Schedule Gutter Installation In Virginia Beach

Feel like you have a grasp on the basics of gutter shopping? If so, great! If not, don’t fret, our experts are here to help! Tidewater Insulators has been offering Virginia reliable home products and services for years, and we would love nothing more than to assist you in any way possible!

Contact a professional at Tidewater Insulators today to schedule an appointment or learn more about gutters!

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