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Gutter Installation: Everything Massachusetts Homeowners Need to Know

Is a section of your rain gutter dangling from a thread on your roof eaves? Or maybe they're so full of holes you may as well be trying to catch water in a pasta strainer. Or, the worst-case scenario, maybe you don't have any gutters at all. Each of those problems have a similar solution in Massachusetts: gutter installation service.

Massachusetts homeowners take pride in their homes and like to keep them in top-notch condition, but it's understandable if a gutter installation project isn't high on your priority list. Gutters — also called eavestroughs — tend to get overlooked because many people don't understand how absolutely crucial they are to prevent a wide range of moisture damage problems, from a leaking roof to a cracked foundation and everything in between.

If your eavestroughs are in rough shape or you need Massachusetts gutter installation, you can rely on the gutter installation experts at Mr. Handyman of Central - Eastern Norfolk County & S.Shore for high-quality workmanship and exceptional customer care—as well as answers to all your questions.

Is It OK Not to Have Rain Gutters in Massachusetts?

No! Sorry for being so blunt, but we just really want to get this message across. Wondering why having a little trough bracketed to the side of your roof is such a big deal? Here's why.

Eavestroughs collect all the rainwater that falls on your roof and direct it into downspouts, where it can be safely disposed of away from your house. That may not sound very impressive, but it is a surprising amount of water — just one inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot roof produces 620 gallons. The average annual rainfall in Walpole, MA is 49 inches, higher than the national average. That means 30,380 gallons of water pour down on your house every year, or much more if you have a larger roof — and that's not counting snow melt.

But, if your eavestroughs are in poor condition with holes, cracks, missing sections, or missing altogether, they can't do their job to protect your home. All that water has nowhere to go and pours down the exterior of your home instead, causing serious water damage issues that can affect the structural stability of the building, increase your energy costs, and even threaten the health of your family — not to mention the thousands of dollars in repair costs.

What Happens If a House Has No Gutters?

Your siding, window frames, door jambs, and other elements of your house are designed to resist moisture and withstand harsh weather, but they can only take so much abuse. If there are issues along your roofline, it could also increase your need for trim, door, window, or siding repair service.

Here are some of the unpleasant symptoms of water damage that occur if you don't have troughs installed in Massachusetts, or they're in bad shape:

  • Wind blows standing water out of the troughs and straight into your soffit vents, where it can dampen attic support beams and cause wood rot, weakening the stability of the roof structure.

  • Water pools on your roof, causing roof rot that will necessitate a roof replacement.

  • Your siding is damaged, letting moisture into the interior of your walls where it encourages the growth of mold, mildew, and wood rot.

  • Wooden window frames and door jambs rot and crumble apart, letting in even more moisture along with air drafts that increase your utility bill by forcing your HVAC system to work harder to compensate.

  • Water pools in the soil around your foundation, and the freeze-thaw cycle in winter causes it to expand and constrict, leading to cracks in the foundation.

  • Rodent and insect pests take advantage of degraded siding, soffits, fascia, and other elements to gain access to your home, bringing dozens of their nasty little friends along with them.

What Are the Signs I Need a New Gutter Installation?

Your eavestroughs can be damaged by everything from wildlife and extreme weather conditions to normal wear and tear over time. Usually, that damage is a sign you might need something new, but there are other signs to watch for too.

Here are some warning signs that you need Massachusetts gutter installation services:

  • Water spills over the edge of the trough when it rains

  • Moisture stains on your siding, soffits, or fascia boards

  • Missing, loose or broken brackets or hangers

  • Birds are flying to and from your roofline, or you notice signs of rodents and insects near them

  • Troughs are sagging or pulling away from the roofline

  • Visible plant growth in eavestroughs

Which is Better in Massachusetts, Vinyl or Aluminum?

Vinyl gutter installation is less expensive than metal gutter installation. While vinyl is just fine for mild, dry climates, it can crack in cold weather and isn't as durable as aluminum, which means they're not necessarily the ideal choice for the climate in Massachusetts.

Aluminum is a practical and popular option because it's lightweight, easy to maintain, and offers increased durability over vinyl. Steel is another durable and easy to maintain option. Copper systems are an alternative with higher installation costs, but they also last longer.

Do My Gutters Need to Be Repaired or Replaced?

This is a question we are asked fairly often, and it really comes down to the extent of the damage. If there's only a couple tiny cracks or holes, your handyman can likely seal them up with sealant to keep them going for another season. Likewise, if just one of the gutter sections has been crushed or mangled by a falling branch, that section can be replaced and the rest kept intact. However, if even one part of seamless gutters is damaged, the whole system must be replaced.

If the damage is more severe or widespread, Massachusetts gutter installation services will be more cost-effective than repairs. Dozens of small repairs or trying to straighten out badly damaged troughs isn't worth it, and they'll likely still need replacement sooner rather than later. Copper gutters may be the exception to the rule though. Because they're expensive to install, it makes sense to try to repair them wherever possible.

How Long Do Gutters Last in Massachusetts?

You can expect steel and aluminum gutters to last around 20 years before they need replacement, barring any unfortunate accidents. Copper eavestroughs can last up to 50 years if they are properly maintained. Vinyl may last less than 10 years in Massachusetts.

How Do You Fix Standing Water?

Troughs need to be installed with a slight slope to keep the water moving towards the downspouts, so if you notice that your troughs are not clogged but the water just sits there, it's likely they don't have a proper slope. It may be possible to reinstall the same eavestroughs correctly, depending on their condition and material, but it’s more likely that they will need to be replaced.

Are Gutter Guards a Waste of Money?

Gutter guards consist of lids or leaf screens that cap off the top of the troughs to help prevent them from filling up so fast with dead leaves, animal nests, and other debris. They save you from frequent gutter cleaning in Massachusetts — meaning less wear and tear — which makes them a worthwhile investment. They do not prevent anything from ever collecting in the troughs, so regular cleaning and maintenance are still necessary, just not as frequently.

Get Professional Massachusetts Gutter Installation Service!

Whether you're in Walpole or a nearby area of Massachusetts, such as Marshfield, Duxbury, or Quincy, you can rely on the service professionals at Mr. Handyman of Central - Eastern Norfolk County & S.Shore for quality workmanship and outstanding customer service. Our skilled team of handymen prioritizes customer satisfaction to ensure you have a safe, worry-free experience.

Give us a call today at 508-465-2092 to request service or find out more about how we can enhance your home and make your life easier!