Roofs, Gutters and Gutter Protection


The type of roof your home has plays a role in the type of gutter and gutter protection system best for your home. Gutters collect rainwater coming off the roof and safely channel it to downspouts. Gutter protection systems keep gutters clear and free of debris allowing water to pass freely to the downspouts. By keeping water away from a home’s foundation and from pouring onto important plants, flowers, and a yard’s landscape.

A home’s roof type may be described as gable, cross gable, mansard, hip, pyramid hip, cross hipped, saltbox, gambrel, bonnet, flat, and shed, among others. Each have different configurations that affect how gutters and gutter systems function and fit with each other.

Roofs also are comprised of a variety of different types of materials. They include: rubber shake roofing, rubber slate roofing, energy start shingle, and metal roofing. New modern technology composites and materials are being used on roofs to make them more durable, be more energy efficient, and environmentally friends. For example, a Euroshake roof may look like a traditional cedar shake roof but is make of at least 60% recycled rubber. This can keep over 600 tires out of landfills.

If you live in a warm climate, sun and heat can really raise the temperature of your roof. While typically tiled roofs have been common in hot climates, new Energy Star qualified roofing products reduce roof surface temperature, reflecting much of the sun’s rays. This technology qualifies them for a new Federal Energy Tax Credit.


Source by Jason F. Nelson