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Replacing & Installing Gutters in Charleston SC

Last Updated on May 10, 2024 by James Redding

Living in the Charleston area, you get a bit of everything when it comes to weather.

Sunny days perfect for a stroll down King Street or maybe catching the breeze off the water at Waterfront Park

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Then there are the brisk winds that sweep through North Charleston, perfect for flying kites at Riverfront Park or adding a bit of challenge to a round of golf at Coosaw Creek.

And let’s not forget about Mount Pleasant—where you can spend a clear day wandering through the Old Village, enjoying the views of Charleston Harbor…

…only to be surprised by a sudden cloud burst that sends everyone scurrying for cover.

These rapid shifts—from calm to storm—can happen almost without warning, especially during those humid summer months when thunderstorms roll in fast and heavy, turning streets into streams in a matter of minutes.

All this varied weather keeps life interesting, to say the least, but it also puts your home to the test—particularly your gutters. Normally, they do their jobs—quietly protecting your property from water damage by directing rainwater away from your foundation and landscaping.

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And it’s not just thunderstorms. We’ve also got tropical storms and hurricanes to think about. When one hits, those gutters are your property’s first line of defense. They direct that deluge of rainwater away from your foundation, helping prevent water from pooling around the foundation and causing some real headaches.

But what happens when those gutters get old, clogged, or damaged? That’s when problems start.

So, whether you’re seeing signs of wear and tear, or just thinking it might be time for an upgrade, you’re in the right place.

Today we’re going to dive deep into the subject of gutters in Charleston SC—from removal of your old, possibly worn-out system to choosing and installing new gutters that will protect your home or business for years, and years to come.

Removal of Old Gutters

Why Replace or Upgrade?

With South Carolina’s mix of sun, rain, and the occasional powerful storms, your gutters can take a beating. Over time, they might start sagging, leaking, or just not doing their job right. This is when you’ve got to make a call—do you patch things up or go for a total do-over?

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Upgrading your system might mean popping in some gutter guards to keep out leaves or replacing just the worn-out sections. But sometimes, when the fixes start adding up or the system is just too old, it’s more sensible to pull the plug and replace them. This is especially true when the cost of constant repairs could outweigh the price of new gutters.

The Removal Process

  1. Professionals usually start the removal process by carefully detaching any gutter guards that may be installed. These accessories are typically attached with clips or screws and need to be removed with care to prevent damage to the roof’s edge.
  2. Following this, the gutters themselves are removed from the fascia board. This involves unscrewing or prying out the nails that hold the gutter brackets in place, a task requiring precision to avoid damaging the roofline or causing the gutters to fall unexpectedly.
  3. The downspouts are the next to go. Secured by screws or clips, these components must be detached to make sure that no part of the system is left hanging or loosely attached.

Tip: After the gutters are removed, it can be a good idea to have a professional examine the soffit and fascia for signs of water damage. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and seep into these areas, potentially leading to rot or mold. Early detection of such damage could prevent more extensive and costly repairs in the future.

New Gutter Installation

Choosing the Right Type of Gutters

When selecting new gutters Charleston SC homeowners have several options for materials:

Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum gutters are the go-to choice for many South Carolinians. They’re versatile, lightweight, and resistant to rust. They won’t weigh down your roof, and they stand up well against Charleston’s often salty air and heavy rains.

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They can also come in a variety of colors to match or complement your home’s exterior. Whether you live in a historic home downtown or a newer construction in West Ashley, aluminum gutters provide a reliable, long-lasting solution.

Vinyl Gutters

If you’re looking for the most budget-friendly option, vinyl gutters are easy on the wallet. They are also easy to install, relatively—which can save on labor costs, and their lightweight nature makes them a DIY-friendly option.

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But, vinyl can become brittle and prone to damage under intense sun or cold, which might be a concern during our variable weather. They’re more suitable for homes in shaded areas or for those looking to minimize upfront costs. However, there are much more durable, longer-lasting, and attractive materials available.

Copper Gutters

For those who appreciate the finer things, copper gutters are classic, sophisticated, and a bit of a luxury. Copper offers exceptional durability, and a unique, upscale appearance that ages beautifully into a verdigris patina.

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While the initial cost is higher, copper gutters are incredibly long-lasting and can significantly elevate the exterior of a home or business (and potentially increase property value) making them a worthwhile investment for homeowners who value both aesthetics and functionality.

Bottom line: Each material has its benefits, so weigh these against your home’s needs and your budget to make the best choice. Whether you opt for the practicality of aluminum, the affordability of vinyl, or the elegance of copper, new gutters can be a smart upgrade for your home or business.

Seamless Gutters

The Preferred Choice

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Seamless gutters are custom-made right on your property to fit the precise measurements of your home. This bespoke approach leads to a perfect fit and a sleek look with no unsightly seams except at the corners and where the downspouts attach.

But the real beauty of this setup lies in its ability to drastically reduce leaks. Traditional gutters often fail at the seams (the weakest points) which can start leaking due to age or weather. By eliminating these common failure points altogether, seamless gutters offer a much more durable solution.

Note: The absence of seams makes these gutters not only stronger but also smoother, which means less debris gets caught up, reducing clogs and making them easier to clean.

Besides being highly functional, seamless gutters are also attractive. They provide a clean, streamlined look that enhances your home’s curb appeal—no more clunky segments or mismatched patches. Available in a variety of materials and colors, they can be designed to blend seamlessly with your home’s exterior, complementing its style rather than detracting from it.

Installation Process

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Seamless gutter installation is actually a fairly fascinating process. A roll-forming machine at the installation site turns flat sheets of metal into guttering that is tailored to the length of your home’s roofline.

This means the gutters are one continuous piece—custom cut to fit your home like a tailored suit.

Here’s an example of what the installation process can look like:

  1. Measurements and Planning: First, precise measurements of the roofline are taken. The layout for the gutters and downspouts is planned, resulting in optimized water flow and drainage. Often, downspouts are placed at approximately every 35-40 feet of gutter.
  2. Installation Steps:
    • The brackets or hangers are installed along the fascia. These must be correctly aligned and spaced to provide adequate support.
    • The seamless gutter machine creates the gutters directly on site to the exact lengths needed.
    • Gutters are then secured to the brackets, making sure they have a slight incline towards the downspouts for proper water flow.
  3. Installing Downspouts: Downspouts are connected at predetermined spots. They must be securely fastened and directed towards drainage areas or connected to existing underground drainage systems.
  4. Connecting to Drains: If applicable, gutters are connected to underground drains. This helps in directing water away from the foundation, preventing potential water damage.

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Post-Installation Cleanup

Post-installation cleanup is more than just a sweep-up—it’s about leaving your Charleston home better than we found it. Once the new gutters are securely in place, the real clean-up begins.

This involves meticulously removing any debris that accumulated during the installation, from stray screws and old brackets to bits of old gutter that didn’t make the cut. We make sure your yard, driveway, and walkways are left clean, ensuring no trace of construction remains—except for the shiny new gutters, of course!

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With quality materials and professional installation, your new gutters will be set to effectively shield your property from water damage. So while the weather here in the Palmetto State may continue to be as variable and unpredictable as ever, your peace of mind regarding your property’s defense against the elements will remain steadfast.

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Holy City Gutterworks

Thinking it might be time for an upgrade or just curious about the state of your gutters? Don’t wait for the next big storm to find out they aren’t up to the task. Reach out to Holy City Gutterworks. We specialize in everything from gutter repair to full gutter replacement/installation, as well as seamless and copper gutter systems.

For more information and a free estimate—with no sales pitchGet in touch with Holy City Gutterworks today.

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