Gutters are often the unsung heroes of your home, silently protecting it from an array of damage that could wreak mayhem in several ways.
If you have been getting a feeling that it's time to buy new gutters, and you're still determining which one is the right option for your home, you've come to the right place.
While you could save money and install your gutters yourself, having a professional install them will ensure it is done correctly and can save you thousands in future water damage.
When assessing your gutter needs, professionals will look at the following factors to determine what will be the best fit for your home and its gutter needs:
As with any home design choice, you want to balance the quality and function you need with cost. Some houses will need more of a gutter investment than others.
For example, if you live in a heavy rain area with strong winds, you'll need more durable material than if you live somewhere that doesn't experience many exciting weather events.
Here are some of the choices you have for types of gutters:
When picking out gutters, you'll come across two roads you can take, sectional vs. seamless gutters.
Sectional gutters are a good choice for those who want to take a DIY approach, as they can be built by putting together individual pieces and attaching them to your home. However, the downside is that more seams mean more places for future leaks at the joints.
Professionals always suggest customized seamless gutters that are more durable since each section is one continuous piece with no seams for failure. They are specifically built with your home's unique needs in mind.
1. K-Style - K-Style gutters are the most popular type of gutter. They get their name from their K-letter shape. The base and the back of a K-Style gutter are flat, and the front exterior is shaped to look like a home's crown molding, which helps elevate the style of your home. The boxed shape has increased space to transport more water than half-round gutters and is less likely to be clogged up by debris. K-Style gutters are recommended on houses with straight fascia and higher-pitched roofs.
2. Half Round - Half Round gutters are often picked for their unique, European-centric style to give a bold, elevated look to the home. They feature a half-pipe u-shape that is more shallow than k-style gutters and are secured by resting in brackets. Smaller half-round gutters are not the best choice for areas that experience a lot of rainfall because they tend to clog and overflow. However, due to their shape, they more completely deliver water leading to less resting water in your gutters, prolonging their life. If you decide to go with half-round gutters, you can help prevent clogging by attaching a guard gutter to keep debris out.
There are three sizes gutters commonly come in:
5" - This size is recommended on older homes that already have gutters so that the new gutters match the look of what was already there. However, about 20 years ago, everyone moved to 6" gutters because they hold more water.
6" - This is the most popular size for gutters because of the increased ability to hold more water and do the job well.
7" - This is the most popular choice for commercial buildings. It is not recommended for residential homes because it looks odd on smaller buildings. However, on commercial roofs, this works the best because larger roofs throw a lot more water off the side, creating the need for more oversized gutters.
So how do you choose your gutters? Keep these six tips in mind.
Make sure to install gutter guards to ensure that your new gutters are free of debris and perform to the best of their ability.
If all of these gutter choices are giving you decision paralysis, we are here to help. With our 20 years of experience, we can help you navigate all available choices and decide which will be the best gutter system for your home's needs.