Everything You Need to Know about Texas Weather and Gutters

texas weather and gutters

With our extreme weather here in the Hill Country, you need a sturdy, properly-installed gutter system on your home that can stand up to torrential rains, hail and high winds. If your system is due for replacement, it’s wise to make quality a top priority when you’re comparing the cost of new gutters, so you’re well protected against:

  • Exterior and interior damage. If your existing gutters aren’t functioning properly, it’s easy for rainwater to back up under the roofing material. Once water has infiltrated the roof system, it can damage the decking and trusses, soak the insulation on the attic floor and saturate the drywall on ceilings and walls. On the exterior, it can gradually destroy the fascia and trim boards, and leave unsightly stains on the siding and stonework or brick.
  • Soil erosion around the foundation. When rain doesn’t get captured and redirected away from the foundation, it can erode the soil underneath your home’s foundation and hardscaping like the driveway, sidewalks and patios, resulting in settling and cracking that requires expensive repairs.
  • Health and comfort concerns. Once water finds its way into the structure of a home, it can facilitate mold growth in areas where it’s difficult to find and address, like the wall cavities, the attic and HVAC ductwork. In addition to the health issues that mold causes for anyone with allergies and sensitivities, all that airborne moisture can overwhelm your HVAC equipment and make it harder to maintain comfort.

 

Tips for Choosing High-Quality Gutters

Choosing an experienced installer who specializes in crafting custom gutters onsite can ensure workmanship quality. If you want a gutter system that’s able to withstand whatever foul weather Mother Nature sends our way, go with a six-inch trough in the heaviest-gauge material available within your budget. You should also opt for:

  • Continuous (seamless) gutters so there are no leaky joints between sections.
  • Integrated gutter guards to keep out debris like leaves, pine needles and seed pods that can clog up your gutters and cause them to overflow.
  • A system with an independent bracket and hanger attachment method. Such systems don’t pierce the gutters with screws or nails to attach them to your fascia, and they allow the gutters to expand and contract without warping or bending.

For a quote on the cost of new gutters to protect your Boerne-area home from our wild Texas weather, contact us at Quality Gutter Systems.

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