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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. 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.

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