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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

The need to collect rainwater...

The need to collect rainwater for drinking and channel water for irrigation dates back to ancient times. Wooden gutters and downspouts, were developed in more recently. Rainwater captured in barrels was used for bathing and washing.

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.

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