Gutter Sizes and Your New Roof

Roofing Experts 3:00 pm


Should You Replace Your Gutters?

People ask if they should change their gutters when they replace their roofs. This is a question that can only be answered by asking several questions. This will allow you to understand some of the current guides to water management.

Determining Factors

Several years ago, it was pretty standard to see gutters on houses of all sizes and roof configurations. The most common configuration was the standard three-inch gutter running around the house. This is no longer the case. Proper water management dictates that we need to consider factors to find the right gutter system. These factors include the overall size of the roof and the amount of water to be handled.

We also need to consider some climate changes that have occurred over the years. As some of our rain storms seem to grow more intense, a larger gutter will be needed to handle this additional water. Some homes with gutters that are four inches wide. Meanwhile, other homes have gutters that are five or six inches wide.

So, who can help you decide which width of gutter should be in your home? Eastbrook Construction can help with those decisions. As professional roofers, we also understand your rainwater guttering needs. If water from your roof is not diverted away from the home properly, it can damage the foundation. The first step in diverting this water away from your foundation system is by installing gutters along the lower part of your roofline where water has the opportunity to fall directly onto the ground below. We need to capture this water rather than let it make its way straight down.

Drain It Away

Of course that doesn’t mean we want to keep all of that water at the edge of your roof. We must also drain it from the gutter system. In the past, this meant that your gutter system would have a three-inch downspout attached to the gutter. Why three-inch standard instead of larger downspouts? For appearance purposes. Many people felt that a downspout detracted from the appearance of the home and the less showing, the better off everyone would be. This also meant that there often would not be enough downspouts attached to the gutters to allow for proper drainage of the gutter. This of course created problems of water overflowing the system and water seepage into the foundation.

All of this became even more problematic on larger roofs or on roofs where there was a wider gutter installation.

Understanding Your Gutter Needs

Thankfully, we have come to a much better understanding of what a gutter system is for and what it takes to correctly do the job that a gutter is intended to do. We know that a larger roof means more water flowing into the gutter. With this additional water flow, we need greater capacity to handle it and that happens with a wider gutter than three inches. When we replace your roof we will use formulated calculations that take into consideration the roof area to be drained off and we will suggest gutters that are capable of handling the amount of water expected to fill the gutter. We will also take into consideration the number of downspouts needed to drain the gutter system correctly. We will also install these downspouts where they will do their best to prevent problems from water not being drained correctly.

In addition to having the correct size of gutter around your home and the right downspouts, we also need to consider the grade of your landscape. Water must be drained far away enough from the home to prevent backup as well it must hit land grade (incline) that diverts water away from the home. Once again as professionals, we will look at everything and make sure that the gutter system that is on your house when your roof is being replaced by us is correct. If we notice problems we will make suggestions to either enhance what you already have or that you replace your gutter with something better suited to handling the task of moving water away from your home foundation system.

The Cost of a Roof Repair and Replacement

Roofing Experts 3:17 pm

The Cost of a Roof Repair and Replacement

What does a roof replacement cost? What about a roof repair? 

The state of your roof should always be a major concern for a homeowner. Whether a roof is new or old, there is a level of anxiety that people have about them. It doesn’t take much to damage a roof, especially with Michigan’s horrible winters. When the weather begins to warm up, homeowners often decide to get their roof inspections to make sure their home is in tip-top shape. For many, inspections give them the reassurance they need. However, sometimes inspections reveal damage that you may not have noticed on your own.

The first thing people wonder is how much is going to cost. Although an estimate can give a clear and definitive number, some people like a ballpark of what to expect for any repairs and replacements. For those who need a little guidance, Eastbrook Construction is going to give you some insights on the cost a homeowner should be expecting.

Roof Repair Cost

General roof repairs are necessary to ensure the longevity of your home. After all, a damaged roof can lead to more damage in the long run. However, the cost can be a source of anxiety. Especially, when you have no idea the price range for these repairs. In order to understand how much a roof repair can cost, we need to look at minor and major roof repairs.

First of all, minor roof repairs can range from:

  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Replacing Cracked or Missing Shingles
  • Fixing Holes and Holes
  • Patching Leaks

These simple problems are easy for contractors to correct. In fact, many people resort to DIY repairs when it comes to these minor damages. However, professionals will always get the job done right. For a contractor to handle these repairs, you can expect to spend between $150 to $1500. But what about major repairs?

While you can get away with DIY repairs for minor problems, the same cannot be said for major damages. Major damages can range from excessive water damage, electrical problems, mold, and roof sagging. These problems need the skills of professional contractors to handle. As a result, you can be spending up to $7,000. Mind you, the prices will vary depending on the severity of the damage, but these prices are pretty common. So, what does a roof replacement cost?

Roof Replacement Cost

A roof replacement is not going to be cheaper than a repair. However, you should not consider replacing your roof unless your roof is:

  • Over 20 Years Old
  • Significant Damage
  • Recurring Damage

There are plenty of roofs that can last up to 30 years but circumstances can make replacement your only option. If your roof has recurring damage, it can be an indication of a major problem that cannot be resolved by simpling and repairing it. Furthermore, if there is significant damage, it’s more affordable to replace the roof. After 20 years, it becomes hard to maintain your roof. That is why many contractors recommend replacing your roof if homeowners are experiencing these problems. However, the cost can be steep. Many people can expect to spend more than $8,000 on their replacement.

Homeowners should not have to break the bank to maintain their roof or replace it. Fortunately, Eastbrook Construction is an affordable roofer that services Howell and other local communities. Contact us today to see how our professional contractors can help you!

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