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Gutters are probably the least thought about but most important component of your homes exterior envelope right up there with the roof and siding. A gutter systems
primary purpose is to contain and move water away from the foundation of a building to avoid erosion and settlement issues resulting in foundation cracks and
leaks. Gutters come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials along with a variety of accessories. If you own an older home maybe in Hyde Park, Wyoming, Mt.
Lookout, Covington or Newport in the greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky area you may have box gutters or the older galvanized steel gutters. Some older
homes as well as newer high end homes may have copper gutters. The easiest type of gutter to install is the new seamless aluminum gutter systems that typically
come in a 4, 5 or 6 inch gutter width variety with many color options. Whether you are dealing with
maintenance of your current gutters or installation of new gutters
there are a few items to keep in mind.

Maintenance of newer aluminum gutters should be as simple a making sure they are cleaned of leaves and other debris. Accumulated leaves will eventually clog
the down spouts and possibly underground drain pipes making for a more expensive cleaning job. So do not neglect
annual maintenance. This annual task can be
minimized or even avoided by installing one of the many gutter guard systems. These can run from the less expensive foam type inserts to the gutter helmet or
micro fiber guards. All systems have their pros and cons so do your research before jumping immediately to
the expensive system you might have seen advertised on TV.

Home Services Link can help you sort this out, as well as, provide reputable installers to do the job right. Box gutters and galvanized or copper gutters require a
much higher level of expertise and the associated higher cost to repair or maintain. Box gutters typically have either a rubber/tar lining or metal. The rubber lining
breakdown over time from the exposure to
the elements and must be replaced or restored. The metal lining rust and again must either be replaced or maintained with a protective coating regularly. Replacing
box gutters with newer aluminum seamless gutters is an option albeit an expensive one as well. Usually this requires extensive framing work to remove the old
gutter framework and to construct a new support system.  

Installation of new gutters these days is very quick and much less costly than the older systems. There are some critical items to consider when selecting your
installer. The most important is their skill and experience to calculate the proper gutter size and downspout location to deal with the volume of water that will come
off of your roof and then have adequate down spouts to take it away as well as locate them for the right curb appeal when looking at your home. The other
component to be mindful of are that the gutters are installed with proper fall so the water fully drains and does not lay in the
gutters. A properly installed drip edge under your shingles to prevent water from going between your gutters and the gutter board is also important. This item many
times is overlooked by the homeowner because it is not visible from the ground.

Dream pro CONNECT formerly Home Services Link helps you take the guesswork out of selecting a Cincinnati gutter company. Most of these companies provide
services for the entire exterior envelope of your home to also include siding and roofing. Our contractors are expert in helping you select the best gutter system for
your home and budget, and are carefully screened to make sure that you are satisfied with the quality and value of their work.

Dream Pro CONNECT formerly Home Services Link will put the right people in touch with you. People you can trust in your home …and trust to do the work.
"The work was scheduled that day and completed the
next day. Their technician was excellent. He gave me
a lot of information and was thorough. I was very
satisfied with the service." -
Meredith, Cincinnati, OH
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