Make a Smooth Transition into 2008!

As the leaves begin to fall, everyone asks the same question: how will my gutters hold up? Are your home gutters going to be able to last another year? This month's SignatureForum Home Improvement Newsletter focuses on those often forgotten parts of the home, the gutters and downspouts. Summer days might be ending, but now is definitely the time to get your mind in the gutter, so to speak.

How Important are Gutters?

Gutters are not glamorous, but they play an integral part in keeping your home well maintained. Gutters direct rainwater to where runoff won't damage your foundation, and keep it away from your basement, sidewalks, and patios. This is why it's important to clean your gutters twice a year. Fall is the number one time to clean out your gutters, so if you haven't already done the deed, it may be time to break out the extension ladder and pull on the work gloves. Make sure to not only clear the gutter of particulates, but make sure your gutter system is in working order. If there's been significant damage to your gutter, it could be time to install a replacement gutter.

Types of Gutters

Gutters come in different styles, but the most common are the "U" style and the "K" style gutters. Additionally, gutters come in different size diameters from 4" to 6" and can be made from a variety of building materials: seamless aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel. "K" styles are often lighter and easier to manipulate, so if you own an older home with a "U" style gutter, you may want to upgrade. However, depending on local building codes, it may not be possible; this is especially the case with historical homes. These types of codes require home owners to maintain the original gutter designs. Check with a certified gutter installation expert in your area to learn more about your local building codes and regulations.

Don't Forget the Downspouts

As forgotten as gutters often are, downspouts and drainpipes are even easier to forget. While cleaning and maintaining your gutters, never forget to check on your downspout. If the pipe that directs water flow is damage, it doesn't matter how clean your gutters are when the rainwater has no place to go.

Thanks for Reading

Thanks for reading this month's edition of Signature Forum's Home Improvement Newsletter. We'll be back next month with more tips that can help keep your home looking incredible. Meanwhile, for more information about gutter installation, we encourage you to check out And to schedule a consultation with a home contractor near you, don't hesitate to Contact Us today.

Until Next Time,

The SignatureForum Staff


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Evanston, Illinois 60201

September 2008
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