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Roof gutters are the tubular structures along your roof's periphery that funnel rainwater off the roof and away from the sides of your house so that water won't damage its siding or foundation. Meteorologists estimate that 1 inch of rain falling on an average-sized roof generates approximately 500 gallons of runoff. When that amount of rainwater cascades to the ground right next to your home, there's the risk basement leaks and other types of structural damage occurring if you don't have a roof gutter in place. While roofs with exceptionally wide overhangs may not require gutters, Hebron roofing experts believe that gutters are a necessity for most homes.

Gutters connect to a system of wide pipes called downspouts along the side of your house. Gutters and downspouts together comprise your house's gutter system. Gutters and downspouts are typically made from aluminum, copper, or vinyl. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. A gutter can be made of one material while the associated downspouts are made from a different material.

Aluminum gutter systems are extremely lightweight, which makes them easy for the DIY-loving homeowner to install, but they have a tendency to sag when the volume of water running through them is too high. Vinyl gutter systems are inexpensive and relatively easy for most people to install, but they crack when subjected to severe heat or cold, so they may not be an optimal solution for houses in locations where the weather can be extreme.

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Copper gutter systems can be expensive, but they typically last for many years. Copper gutter systems can also add considerable visual appeal to your home.

A clogged gutter system is not an effective conduit. Since gutters are open, they collect leaves and various other debris, which can interfere with the free movement of the rainwater they were engineered to funnel. Gutters can also be damaged by excessive volumes of rain water, fallen tree limbs, and accumulated ice, which may result in the gutter pulling away from the house or the gutters overflowing instead of flowing down through the downspouts.

Roofing professionals recommend cleaning your gutter system twice a year, in the spring and fall. Leaves and other debris should be removed from the open gutter and the downspouts. Running a hose through the open gutter to simulate rain will reveal any remaining clogs or leaks. A leaky section of a gutter or downspout should be replaced as soon as possible.

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