Gutter Types



Vinyl and Plastic Gutters and Downspouts (K-Style)

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Plastic or vinyl gutters are sold in many do-it-yourself stores and are easy to install. Vinyl gutters are susceptible to ultra-violet rays and may discolor. Plastic lacks the integrity of metal gutters, may crack in colder climates, and may be damaged by heavy ladders.

 

Wood Gutters

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Wood gutters are rare, except for restoration work.The original wood gutters were made from old growth cedar, a product that is rarely available today and has been substituted by new growth cedar or hemlock.

 

Integral Gutters

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The integral gutter was a popular gutter style in the 1960's. The gutter is inserted between the end of the rafters and the fascia on a sloped roof. It is lined with roofing material and can hold more water than most of the other types of gutters. However, the potential for leaks is very great. These gutters need to be carefully inspected every few years and the lining replaced or repaired every five to ten years. Replacing this system with seamless aluminum gutters is the best solution, but is only possible at the time of re-roofing.

 

Box Gutters

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The Box Gutter profile is designed for use in commercial and light industrial applications. The large 7" or 8” trough is capable of handling high volumes of water. A box gutter does not hang onto the edge of a roof. A box gutter is actually built into the bottom of the roof or into the roof over-hang. This profile can be found in up to a .040" thick painted aluminum or 24 gauge painted steel in long unbroken lengths.

 

Fascia Gutter (Specialty Seamless Gutter)

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A fascia gutter is fixed to a fascia board. It is often a custom made gutter that is fixed to the ends of the rafters and also performs the function of a fascia board. It is most commonly found in the Western part of the United States.

 
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Facts

The life expectancy of the average...

The life expectancy of the average aluminum gutter is 20 – 30 years or longer, depending on maintenance, the care you take putting ladders against them, and regional weather conditions in your area of the country.

FAQ's

Q. Can I paint my gutters?

A. 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.