The gutters are one of the most important parts of your roof system. They guide water away from the building and stop it from damaging your home.  If it’s time for you to replace your gutters, check out this information-packed slideshow by This Old House for gutter styles, materials and instructions on how to install them.

What to Ask Yourself As you’re shopping for your gutters, ask yourself the following questions. What’s my budget? Some materials cost more than others. How much maintenance do I want to do? The slideshow linked above illustrates various types of leaf guards available. DIY or hire someone? Although some installation can be done on your own, there are some situations where you’ll want to hire someone to put your new gutters in for you.  Gutters are an important part of maintaining your roof as well as protecting your home's foundation, so you want to make sure they're properly installed.  If you don't have gutter experience, this might be a job better left to a professional. What style do I want? Minneapolis homes each have unique characters, and gutters can be customized to match. Replacing your old gutters with new ones will save you from the expense and inconvenience of water damage.