Gutter Types



Continuous or Seamless Aluminum Gutters

Reports indicate that over 70% or more gutters nationally are seamless. The down side to seamless gutters is that it may cost a little more to have a gutter installer come out to your job site.

However, you will have fewer seams, which will mean less leaks and it will also be safer to have a professional seamless gutter installer. All aluminum gutters come in varying thicknesses or gauges: .032, .027, .025 and .019.

 

Aluminum Gutters

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Aluminum gutters are the most commonly used gutters today. They come in different thicknesses and gauges such as .032, .027 and lighter. The .032 size is recommended in heavy snow regions. Aluminum gutters come in many colors, can be painted, and do not rust.

 

Gutter Types

The most common gutter used today is the open gutter.

Gutters come in several sizes and shapes called profiles. The most common type of gutter used today is the open gutter, which comes in standard lengths for do-it-yourselfers, and also as continuous roll-formed seamless gutters, which must be installed by a contractor.

Most residential gutters come in two sizes-- 5" and 6" --and are made of either aluminum, steel, zinc, vinyl, or copper in a standard "K" style.

The typical 5 inch K-style gutter comes with 2 x 3 inch downspouts. A larger residential gutter system would consist of 6 inch K-style gutter using a 3 x 4 inch downspout.

One foot of 5" K-Style gutter holds 1.2 gallons of water. One foot of 6" K-Style gutter holds 2.0 gallons of water. For commercial applications, box gutters, can be made in 7, or 8 inches or even larger custom sizes that hold even more water.

 
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Facts

Copper gutters may last...

Copper gutters may last 50 yrs, and galvanized steel gutters 20 years or less.

FAQ's

Q. What if I only need to repair or replace a section of my gutter?

A. Do-it-yourselfers should only attempt gutter installation with the proper safety equipment and must be comfortable on a ladder. Also make sure to be extremely aware of contact with power lines.