Gutters and downspouts are the house’s silent heroes. You never think about them and all the hard work that they’re doing. Before they stop operating. Then the rain begins to spill over the sides, the downspouts are obstructed, and it’s a huge mess. Perhaps it is time for new rain gutters and downspouts to be built. Let’s take a look at what could be important for you to know. If you would like to learn more about this, please check out How old is my roof?
Materials for Rain Gutter
The material they are made from will be one of your first options when purchasing new rain gutters. Aluminum, steel and copper are common options. Plastic is available, but because of its shorter lifetime, it is sometimes not a good option. Wood, once the staple of gutters, is now again becoming common, as wooden gutters that are properly installed and maintained may last for decades, even longer than their metal counterparts. However, depending on your location, you will need to make your choice (wetter areas with higher humidity can rule out steel, even if it is galvanized), the design of your house and the look you are going for (copper is increasingly common, but with a distinctive look), and price. The best combination of affordability and longevity can be provided by aluminum. Copper is more costly, but it will last for longer. Steel is initially cheaper, but if not taken care of properly, it will start to rust.
Before deciding, take a good look at your situation – the decision will stay with you, good or bad, for quite some time.
Shapes of the gutter
You will need to determine what shape of gutter you will purchase until you decide which material you are going to use, or maybe in accordance with the first decision. “K”K (which can vaguely look like the letter K, but really is a kind of rectangular gutter). Also, the scale of the gutters would need to be calculated at this point. 4, 5, and 6-inch diameter models are available, with a decent middle ground being a 5-inch gutter. Larger sizes, like the 5 and 6-inch gutters, are a good option to minimize clogging if you have lots of trees in your field.
Systems of attachments
So you know your gutter and downspout content, you have the shape dialed in. And now, how are you going to tie them to your roof? Tape duct? Scarcely. The fact is, hangers are the best choice. Spike-and-ferrule systems are available, but they frequently pull out and usually don’t last as long as hanger systems (basically a large nail with a spacer in the gutter itself). There are a range of types of hangers (hidden hanger, hanger and strap, crossbar hangers) available, but the truth is, a good choice would be any of those. Which one would depend on the individual roof you have.