Johnson Exteriors Installs Gutters and Downspouts to Protect your Home
Our customers who live in or near the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area understand how much rain – or runoff from melting snow – Mother Nature brings us on a yearly basis. You’re talking about a significant amount of water.
Gutters and downspouts are a basic necessity for every homeowner. For every house, it’s extremely important to have the right system in place to move water away from your house as quickly as possible before signs of trouble become apparent. Water finds the lowest point in the ground, so once it begins to pool and work its way down into the ground, it might start to create problems to your house’s foundation, cause soil erosion, or other issues.
In and around Minnesota, it is crucial to have gutters that are installed properly. In fact, it’s a necessity.
The majority of new homebuilders in the United States make gutters and downspouts part of the package when you buy or build a new home. Surprisingly however, most existing houses that have gutters do not have them installed properly or they have the wrong system for their house.
It’s never a good sign when water begins pouring from your gutters.
For a system to be installed properly, its gutters will be located on all of the roof eaves. They will not leak and there will be no standing water. Additionally, they will be properly fastened to the fascia and have the correct downspout system attached.
Downspouts must Push Water Well Away from a Home
Downspouts should not spill out next to your house at the foundation. Many homeowners and installers routinely make this mistake.
Think of it like this: Why even bother having a gutter system if you are going to drain the water back toward the house’s foundation? It does sound silly, doesn’t it?
We always have an extension of 6 feet directed away from the house (unless it is a unique situation). We previously used 2″ x 3″ downspouts. However, we recently decided to only use 3″ x 4″ downspouts for a very logical reason – they consistently move much more water than the 2 x 3’s and they rarely get clogged.
Use an Effective Product like Leaf Solution
There are so many of these products available on the market today to protect gutters from filling with leaves, but in our opinion, the majority of them are worthless. They just don’t keep the leaves out, which means gutters could overflow or leak water, which can be very damaging.
Because of this problem, we highly recommend using Leaf Solution. We are so impressed with this product that it is the only product that we use. Meaning that we will NOT put any other product on a client’s house because they simply don’t work the way they are supposed to. So if a product does not work properly, why use it?
Go to the website for Leaf Solution to check out this product.
“It went very well. Johnson Exteriors dealt with our insurance company, was prompt with work and communication, and did an overall great job on our repairs.”
Description of work: We needed our roof and gutters replaced due to storm damage.