Gutters 101: What is a gutter?

Gutters are a critical component to any building’s structure. They can take on several different shapes and sizes, but they are all channels that run along the edge of a roof. Their primary purpose is to collect and direct rainwater away from the building’s foundation, protecting the structure from any potential water damage.
Gutters are always installed at a very slight downward slope to facilitate the movement of rainwater towards the downspout. The downspout is the vertical component attached to the gutter which carries the rainwater to the ground without causing damage to the surrounding landscape.

Importance of a Proper Gutter System

Gutters are important for the structure of the home because they prevent damage such as landscape erosion, foundation water damage, and mold growth. It is vital that your home be equipped with a high-quality gutter system to avoid expensive repairs to the gutter and roof systems. A low-quality gutter system can be just as ineffective, if not worse, than not having one at all, that’s why here A to Z Gutters we ensure your home will have the highest-quality gutter system guaranteed!
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Seamless vs. Sectional Gutters

There are two main types of gutter systems in the market today: Sectional and Seamless. Sectional gutter systems can be a decent choice for homeowners who desire to save money initially. However, sectional gutters can end up costing more in the long run due to leaks, fascia board damage, and wear & tear at the joints. A sectional gutter system should not be considered as a long-term solution due to the high maintenance required to keep it running efficiently. A seamless gutter, on the other hand, is a continuous gutter without any seams or joints that is custom made to the exact measurements required. This is the best choice for homeowners because it protects the system from any potential leaks at the seams and from debris getting stuck in the cracks leading to a system clog. A seamless gutter system will also take much longer to sag or weaken when compared to a sectional system. Seamless gutters are cut to perfectly fit your house making them aesthetically pleasing and a great increase to your homes’ curb appeal!

When is it Time for a Gutter System Update?

If you’ve noticed that your gutters are leaking, sagging, or significantly damaged, then it is time for a gutter system replacement or an inspection at a minimum.
If you’ve noticed any of these issues or just want that piece of mind, call us at (336) 681-0971 to schedule your free inspection. We will come out and evaluate the condition of your gutter system to ensure you make the best decision! In addition, we offer many other services including yearly cleanings, repairs, and leaf guard installations. A to Z Gutters is at your service whenever you are ready. Choose your home first!

How often should I get my gutters cleaned?

You should get your gutters cleaned at least once a year although twice is optimal. These cleanings typically occur in the Spring and late Fall. A late Fall cleaning is important to protect your gutters from the upcoming Winter.
If you live in an area with many trees, you might need to do a cleaning more often. It is also important to note that if you live in the North, icy Winters might produce ice dams in your gutters. If you live in the South, the hot Summers could result in expansion and contraction of your gutter system.


As we have seen, clogged gutters lead to a plethora of problems. If your gutters are not properly maintained, they can also lead to your property value decreasing. This marks the end of A to Z Gutter’s guide to Basic Gutter Maintenance. Make sure to give the full blog a read to learn more about maintaining the quality of your gutter system!
Look out for these cardinal signs of clogged gutters. Take the proper steps to ensure your gutter system is in good condition. As always, you don’t have to do it alone! Give us a call, A to Z Gutters is at your service for any of your gutter needs! We’ve got you covered, from A to Z!
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