Gutters divert rain run-off from the home which in turn protects basements, crawl spaces, and siding from moisture and water infiltration. The 2 most common types of rainwater gutters are half-round and “K” style. In terms of materials, aluminum rain gutters are the most common, due to its low cost, durability, and ease to work with. Unlike steel, aluminum will not rust over time, and is available in a wide range of colors.
Copper rain gutters are another stronger but costlier option when compared with aluminum. Copper does however carry a very distinct look which appeals to many homeowners with older or high end homes. The aging of copper due to weathering is known as the “patina” effect. Copper will only stay shiny for a few months before going through a variety of color changes ranging from brown, to purple, and then eventually to green. There are products available that will maintain the shiny look of copper but it’s important to consider not only their high cost but the constant maintenance as well.
When installing rain gutter, the most important factors are size, thickness, and whether to get a seamless or sectional installation. The most common sizes are 5” for house gutters, and 6” for commercial gutters, as measured from the top opening. When determining the size of a home’s gutter system, you should consider whether you reside in a low or high rainfall area. A home in a heavy rainfall area or a home that has a steep roof pitch needs a larger gutter system.
There are many different types of gutter guards available. They are usually made of either vinyl or some type of metal, but all serve the same purpose of keeping solids out while still allowing water to filtrate. One type of guard is a screen that’s attached to the inside of the gutter, similar to what you’d find in a window. Another type is a mostly solid piece which covers the entire gutter, but has small holes allowing the water to pass through. The final most common type is a porous material that fills the gutter.
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