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Do you Need Help Picking Rain Gutter?
We know that a good rain gutter system is essential to preventing water damage to your roof. We also know that many homeowners need advice in picking the right kind of gutters. There are different gutter types and varieties, styles, and materials. Here is how to go about choosing roof gutters.
Half-round vs. K-style gutters
Half-round gutters have a U-shape trough. These types of gutters are mostly found on older buildings, so they can be used to give a building an older look especially when they are made of copper. K-style gutter have hard-edged troughs and are more contemporary.
Other considerations that you would need to make when choosing rain gutters would be:
These are the tubes that carry the runoff away from the roof. They typically come in 2x3 and 3x4 inch width, and 3-4 inches in diameter. Downspouts can pour into a tank for water harvesting, or into a splash block such that the splatter does not splash on the walls.
- Gutter size
The gutter must be able to handle the water running off the roof depending on the intensity of the downpour. Typically, 1-inch of water on 1,000 square feet of roof will be about 550 gallons of water. Large volumes of water can be handled by enlarging the width of the gutters, or having downspouts with wider diameter.
- Gutter protection – Pick gutters that can work with gutter leaf guards or screens to keep the gutter free of debris.
If you are having trouble picking gutters, we are ready to help you.
Seamless VS. Sectional gutters
Sectional gutters come in several pieces which are then glued or soldered together. They are easy to work with as there is less cutting to fit.
This type of guttering is usually used on roofs with unconventional designs. The main disadvantage of these gutters is that they are notorious for leaking at the joints.
Seamless gutters come in whole sections that have been cut to fit. This means exact measurements of different roof sections must be taken before buying. Many homeowners increasingly prefer these types of gutters for their low risk of leaking.
Type of material
Aluminum – This lightweight metal is also rust proof and can be painted in different colors.
Galvanized steel – This material is preferred for areas that experience extreme weather. Steel is strong enough to bear heavy snow and water weight
Copper – This is relatively more expensive than other materials and is mostly used in decorative gutters. However, it will easily last 70-100 years giving good value for money
Vinyl – This is the cheapest gutter material. The problem is that it gets brittle in extremely cold weather and can easily break under heavy snow weight.
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