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Question DetailsAsked on 5/13/2012

Need advice on choosing gutters

Basement flooded for first time ever. Friend recommends gutters. Have never had gutters before. What are the various types available and pros and cons of each type? Other issues to consider???

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Your situation suposes some givens

1)Your home is not new ie built in last 4 years or so

2)No extra ordinary events happened like monsoon rain

First choice is a French Drain, a bed of riverrock and field tile in a trench in the area that your basement leaked that daylights above ground.. Why riverrock and not crushed rock ,, river rock won't glue itself together over time. Field tile= an elephant trunk like black plastic with grooves, sold at big box stores,, to carry large amounts of surface water. Daylight refers to a yard with slope ie pitch to drain the field tile to the surface of the ground..Cut it even with the ground and grass will hide it. Heavy tree roots, rock etc may impair this. A French Drain can also terminate in a dry well which is a pit of rock or concrete that functions simular to a septic tank, (Not so much fun to build)

If your problem is caused by water off your roof. A professional gutter installer is the ticket. Go to my website for the info,, and the Better Business Bureau for the installer (A or A+ rated)
Good Luck

ps Make sure there is no opening (like a window etc) in the area you had the problem.


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper


A good response above. I'd also add that if you do install gutters you want seamless gutters, not the premade sections you get at the box stores. Some contractors will claim they install gutters but only buy the parts off the shelf rather than forming and making them onsite as is done with seamless. They are much better and don't leak as often because of the reduced seams. They typically are about the same price as the parts alone cost off of the shelf at the store.

Also, make sure that whomever you have install the gutters knows how to do so properly in your climate and with your roof type. You may need additional flashing at the eaves or special anchors. Ask all who bid what methods they will use and what is included.

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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