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How to Choose the Correct Gutters

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  • February 6, 2017
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Is it Time to Replace Your Gutters?

Gutters are an important part of a home’s drainage system, and like many exterior features, they’re subject to wear and damage over time. Cleaning and examining your gutters at least twice a year will help you get the longest lifespan out of your gutters.

If your gutters are showing signs of severe wear or if they’re sagging or pulling away from the house or have numerous missing, loose, or bent fasteners, it may be time to replace the gutters. Water damage to the roof, fascia board, decking or rafters are indicators that gutters need to be replaced. Most gutters last about 10 to 15 years.

Types of Gutter Material

There are many types and styles of gutters on the market today, the primary materials being aluminum, copper, steel, galvanized steel, zinc, and vinyl. Aluminum is the most prevalent gutter material and offers the advantages of being lightweight, resistant to corrosion, available in a wide range of colors, and is usually the least expensive option.

Most experts agree that aluminum gutters offer the best combination of style, durability, and price. Professionals recommend seamless aluminum gutters with a minimum thickness of .025 inches. There also are numerous options for screens and gutter protection; the most common are solid hoods and filters.

Types of Gutter Shapes

In addition to choosing a gutter material, homeowners need to choose a gutter shape. These shapes include Fascia, Half Round Gutters, K-Style Gutters, Sectional Gutters, and Seamless Gutters. Fascia gutters feature a smooth face hiding the edges of the rafter tails from view. The “K-style,” or ogee, gutter, has a shape similar to decorative crown molding. Half-round gutters have an open construction with the open side facing the roof.

All gutters come in either sectional or seamless constructions. Most do-it-yourself gutters are sold in 10-foot sections that must then be linked together with snap-in connectors. These connectors can leak over time. Seamless gutters are typically made of metal and are extruded to custom lengths by professional installers using a portable gutter machine.

What Anderson Gutter Company Offers

Anderson Gutter Company offers replacement 5″ and 6″ seamless gutters in 26 colors, gutter screens and gutter protection for every budget. We machine-form each run of seamless gutters on location using an enclosed trailer housing and a mounted gutter machine.

At Anderson Gutter, we take a lot of pride in the quality of our gutter installation services. If you’d like to get a free quote from us, we make it super easy to do online. And if you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 513-668-8666.