Rain gutters are one of those things that people tend to put off. Having them installed, cleaning them out, replacing them – we think all these things can wait, but we’re not doing ourselves or our homes any favors when we let these things go for too long.
We’ve asked the experts, and there answers are in…When should you install rain gutters?
Before you begin a gutter installation project, consider the time of year. If you live in a climate that receives a lot of rain and/or snow, you will definitely need to consider when your gutters will see the most action and plan around that. Fall presents a lot of problems for gutter installation, since falling leaves often hinder installation efforts. For the majority of people, summer is the driest season, so it’s also the best time to install or replace existing rain gutters. Roofers and construction companies will probably give you the same advice unless it’s a project that just can’t wait.
You should also consider what other home improvements you will be making in the near future. Quality rain gutters that are properly installed should last for as long as you live in your home (and probably much longer) unless you have some sort of damage that needs to be replaced. However, many people choose to replace gutters when they have their roof replaced. This is sometimes for aesthetic purposes and other times it is because they are concerned that the gutters may get damaged during the roof installation. Of course, if you are building a new home, gutters should be installed soon after the roof is completed.
Anytime you notice water damage on or around your home is the perfect time to install rain gutters, especially if you have never had them on your home before. Regardless of what time of year it is or what other projects you want to finish, rain gutters should become your top priority if you notice that rain and melting snow are causing damage to your home. Water is a powerful force that can cause a lot of damage to your home, landscaping and foundation in a very short amount of time. There’s no sense in letting parts of your home get damaged, ruined even, because you don’t have rain gutters.
Finally, watch for sales on rain gutters. If you know you will be adding gutters to your home in the near future anyway, keep your eyes peeled for sales at local hardware stores if you plan to do the project yourself, or check periodically with local roofing and construction companies to see if they are running any seasonal specials on rain gutter installation. They might even cut you an off-season deal if business is slow. You may be able to save hundreds of dollars by taking advantage of a sale.
The timing of installing rain gutters is largely up to you, the home owner, although as you can see here certain times are better than others.