In need of new gutters at your home? If so, then your best bet is to contact a few local gutter installation specialists to come out to your home and provide you with an on-site estimate. Before you start calling local companies for quotes, however, there are a few important factors you'll want to take into consideration. By having a better idea of what you're looking for ahead of time, you can make sure the estimate you receive is for the gutter system you actually need.
There are a couple of different mounting options available, and these refer to the specific means by which your gutter system will physically attach to your home. Bracket mounting tends to be the cheapest option and involves drilling brackets into the eaves of your home, which the gutters themselves then "snap" into. If you can afford to spend a little more, a hidden mounting system that utilizes crossbars is ideal because these are more durable and aesthetically appealing to most homeowners.
When it comes to gutter materials, you generally will be choosing from vinyl, aluminum, or steel. Each comes with some potential advantages and drawbacks. Vinyl is lightweight and durable, but tends to cost the most out of all the options. Aluminum is lightweight but not quite as durable, whereas steel is among the most durable but requires a lot of mounting tension due to its added weight.
These days, there are all kinds of add-ons you can select to optimize your new gutter system. One popular option you may want to consider (depending on your budget) is a gutter screen system, which will help to prevent debris like leaves and twigs from clogging your gutters over time. Another possible "upgrade" to consider is a seamless gutter system, which will be less prone to leaking and damage down the road.
Finally, don't fail to consider maintenance needs for your new gutter system when deciding on a type and material. For example, unless you go with a gutter screen system, you'll probably need to spend the money to have your gutters professionally cleaned at least once a year. On the other hand, if you're hiring a roofer/gutter company to handle the installation, you may be able to get them to throw in free gutter cleanings for the first year or so as an added incentive to choosing them!