Summer weather often means thunderstorms and heavy rains for many areas of the country. In the Midwest, it can also mean tornadoes, high winds, and hail. Kansas City area homeowners know what to do to ensure the safety of their families when bad weather strikes. But what about your house? There’s nothing you can do to protect your home from a tornado strike, but there are other measures you can take to make sure your house is protected from the heavy rains of Kansas City summers.
Gutters are an essential component of your home’s exterior, and an efficient gutter system will help protect your home by channeling water off the roof and away from the house, protecting your home from moisture and water damage and avoiding costly maintenance and repair bills in the future. Homes without gutters or with old or damaged gutters may experience basement flooding, wood rot, or unsightly stains on the siding, none of which is desirable. If you notice any of these signs on your home, it may be time to replace the gutters.
If you’re considering a gutter installation or gutter replacement on your Leawood, Lee’s Summit, or Liberty home, Energy Pro is the company to call. We’re gutter replacement experts, and we’re happy to answer all your gutter-related questions, no matter how basic. Energy Pro has been in the construction business for over 15 years. Our work crews are licensed and bonded professionals who know their stuff. All our workers are hand-picked for their expertise, skill, and craftsmanship, and none of them are contract laborers. If it’s time to replace your gutters, choose the gutter replacement experts at Energy Pro.
There are several great reasons to have a pro tackle your gutter installation or gutter replacement project rather than trying to do it yourself.
Personal safety. Gutter installation requires climbing a ladder. There’s just no way around it. Professional gutter installation experts know how to position ladders for maximum safety and are used to being on ladders on a daily basis. With approximately 300 deaths per year caused by falling off ladders, it’s better to leave the climbing to the professionals.
Avoid costly mistakes. Many DIYers learn as they go, and with a gutter project, this could lead to expensive mistakes. Gutters may not be installed correctly, leading to water damage on your home. You may also end up damaging gutters, costing you money and the time it takes to get new materials and start over. Using gutter experts avoids all this hassle and expense.
Pros spot issues you might not. Gutter replacement experts like ours at Energy Pro will spot problems with your existing gutters that you might not. They’re familiar with the warning signs that tell you when it’s time to replace gutters – signs like rotting fascia, missing shingles, or rusty downspouts – and they can advise you on what needs to be done to make sure your gutter system is secure and doing what it’s supposed to do.
Customize the fit. Professionals also know how to customize the fit of your gutters to your house. Not all gutter systems are created equal, and depending on which system you choose, some cutting might be necessary. Pros know how to do this to achieve the best fit, ensuring that rain stays in the gutter rather than pouring over them or leaking between the gutter and the house.
Get the slope right. It’s critical to make sure the slope of the gutter is correct. Otherwise, water won’t drain down to the downspouts as it’s supposed to. This can be tricky. The slope is very slight, but many homeowners don’t understand this or know how to calculate it correctly. A few degrees in the wrong direction and the water won’t drain like it’s supposed to. Too much of a slope impacts your curb appeal and screams amateur. Professional installers know how to get the right slope so that water drains to the downspouts most efficiently and still maintains a nearly-horizontal look from the street.
Downspouts are installed in the right places. Once the water comes off the roof, it’s important to channel it away from the foundation of the house. If this isn’t done correctly, water may leak in through foundation walls, causing basement walls to bow, crack, and leak. This is a serious issue, and gutters experts know where to put downspouts to ensure this doesn’t happen to your home.
Energy Pro also has gutter guard systems that help cut down on yearly maintenance by keeping your gutters clean. Gutter guards are designed to block leaves, acorns, small branches, roofing particles, and other debris from falling into gutters and clogging them up. Clogged gutters weigh more and will often start to pull away from the fascia once they get too heavy. This causes water to run between the gutters and the roof, cascading down the sides of your house. It can also contribute to wood rot on the fascia boards. Gutter guards are a smart addition when it’s time to replace your gutter, and Energy Pro has several systems to choose from.
At Energy Pro, we have experts that can handle all your gutter replacement, installation, or gutter guard needs. We make gutter projects quick and easy because we have the experience of hundreds of similar jobs behind us. If you think you may need to replace the gutters on your Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, or Kansas City home, give us a call. We’re happy to answer questions and provide you with a quote. You’ll soon be able to relax, knowing that your home is ready for the summer rains this season.