An inch of rainfall doesn’t sound like much. But when it falls on an average-size roof, it adds up to a 1,900-gallon torrent sluicing off the eaves. That’s an awful lot of water that can cause an awful lot of damage if your gutters aren’t up to the task of controlling it. Yet we barely give gutters a second thought until they’re clogged and overflowing, or ripped from their moorings by ice and snow.
WHAT TYPES OF GUTTERS ARE BEST?
If you’re starting fresh, there is a veritable deluge of shapes, sizes, and materials to choose from. Aside from pricey, maintenance-heavy wood troughs and short-lived vinyl ones, the best option for most of us is metal—elegant copper, understated zinc, rugged steel, or affordable aluminum. Metal gutters are durable and need relatively little care.
Gutter: Captures water shedding off roof.
End cap: Closes end of gutter.
Fascia bracket: Attaches to eaves; supports gutters from below.
Downspout: Conveys water from gutter to ground. Also known as a leader.
Downspout bracket: Secures downspout to side of house.
Elbow: Changes direction of downspout.
This illustration shows the different gutter profiles available.
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WE ARE YOUR GUTTER EXPERTS
Should I hire a professional gutter installer to install my gutters?
Yes. Seamless gutters, offer the best value and can only be installed on-site by a professional.
What if I only need to repair or replace a section of my gutter?
Do-it-yourselfers should only attempt gutter installation with the proper safety equipment and must be comfortable on a ladder. Also make sure to be extremely aware of contact with power lines.
Our home does not have a fascia board. It has exposed eaves with the rafters coming out. Can gutters be installed on this type of area?
There are several methods for hanging gutters from rafter ends. One method is to install fascia boards for mounting. Another is by installing hidden hangers and roof straps to install the gutter system.
My gutters leak/spill over in the middle but don't appear to sag. I checked and they are not clogged with leaves. What should I do?
Use caution while up on the ladder. The first thing is to confirm that the gutter is not sagging, spikes may be loose causing imperceptible sagging, and draining water away from the gutter downspout. Use a builders level and check the direction of flow. Also, check the gutter outlets for any hidden obstructions that may be slowing the water flow. If everything is found to be in order, you may need additional downspouts to handle the volume of water coming off the roof. Additional outlets and downspouts can easily be added to existing gutter systems.
Can I paint my gutters?
Yes, but it is not recommended, for it will void any paint finish warrantees, and will shorten the life of the gutters as paint will more easily peel and chip away from the aluminum.
What thickness of gutter should I get?
The standard is .027 or .032. However in snow regions the heavier gauge is recommended to provide greater durability and strength. If you are installing copper, a 5-ounce copper is recommended
I have a metal roof, what kind of gutter should I use?
That depends on the slope of the roof, and the type of fascia. We recommend discussing this with your roofing or gutter installer.