Knowing about various types of gutters is useful when you are preparing to repair or entirely replace sections around your roof. Before you start on the project or contract out the job to a professional, you should know the details involved in installation methods and selecting gutter materials and shapes. Read on to find out which product is ideal for your budget and your home’s needs.
The most common rain gutter materials are steel and aluminum. Steel is thicker than aluminum and is known for withstanding strong winds or falling tree branches. Steel’s downfall is that it rusts over time. Aluminum, the most popular gutter material installed today, will not rust. It is lighter than steel, allowing for easier installation. It is not quite as sturdy, but still resilient.
Gutters also can be constructed of vinyl, which is easy to cut to size and impervious to rust, though extreme temperatures can degrade the material, fading the color and making it brittle. Copper is more expensive, but a good choice for older homes with a classic look. Manufacturers offer a range of colors for each gutter material except copper, which maintains its own natural color. Steel gutters also can be painted to match a home’s décor.
Gutter Shapes and Sizes
While many variations are available, the two main groups of gutter shape options are K-style or half-round. A half-round gutter, occasionally referred to as U-shaped, is the original gutter design. K-style gutters are more popular today because their size allows them to hold more water, and their design makes them less vulnerable to bending. The size of each gutter selected for your home should accommodate the average rainfall in the region, as well as the home’s unique build and orientation. Downspouts are also chosen at this stage, in either a square or round shape, and the width of the opening is determined.
Seamless vs. Sectional Gutters
Two types of rain gutter products call for different installation methods – seamless and sectional. Sectional gutters come in manageable-size pieces. They are attached to the roof’s perimeter, bolted together using pre-fabricated connecters, and coated with a watertight sealant. The process varies slightly for steel and copper gutters. Sections are still used, but the metal is soldered where the pieces meet.
A seamless product is fabricated using a machine on site that takes measurements of the home and produces gutters to fit the entire length of the roof’s perimeter. An advantage to a seamless system is the lack of grooves and notches where debris can stick and cause a blockage. Also, without a seam, wearing and leakage over time is less likely.
Get in touch with Knockout Roofing today to learn more about the types of gutters offered in your area, and replace or upgrade your drainage system as soon as possible for maximum home protection.