There are a lot of misconceptions about gutters and metal roofs. Sometimes roofers and gutter companies will have different answers to your questions. At Pro Exteriors, we want our customers to have all the information they need to make decisions about home improvements. To that end, we are going to answer one of the big questions about metal roofing: should you install gutters if you have a metal roof?
The simple answer is “yes,” but let’s take a moment to explain why gutter companies think that is the case.
Benefits of a Gutter System
There are many benefits of installing a gutter system, and most of them have to do with avoiding water damage. And the benefits that aren’t related to water are related to ice. So they’re all about water in one form or another, really.Here are some examples of the primary benefits of having a gutter system:
They keep excess water away from your foundation, which prevents cracking and flooding.
They protect your siding by preventing erosion.
They reduce the amount of moisture in your home that can cause both mold and mildew growth.
They direct water away from your home, which prevents freezing in the winter.
With all these benefits, you might wonder why every house doesn’t have gutters, whether or not it has a metal roof.
Challenges of Installing Gutters with a Metal Roof
The reason many homeowners with metal roofs forgo gutters is that they are difficult to install properly. You have to attach the gutter system to the fascia board with brackets or spikes and ferrules to ensure that the gutters will not damage your roof or siding.Here are some common problems caused by improperly installed gutters:
The gutter system can collapse if it is not attached securely to the house or if it is in the wrong position.
Water can overshoot the gutters if they are not mounted high enough. Installing gutter guards can also help keep water from overshooting the gutters.
Ice and snow can damage the roof or the gutters, or both. Ice and snow falling off the roof can rip the gutter system clean off if it is insecurely mounted or mounted in the wrong place.
Protect Your Roof with Experienced Gutter Companies
The best way to protect your roof is only to work with gutter companies who know what they’re doing. At Pro Exteriors, our team of professionals does only the best work, and we are proud to stand by it. If you have a metal roof but no gutter system, you can trust our team to install new gutters and protect your home and family.