It’s probably one of the last things you’d ever thought you’d have an internal debate over – which rain gutters should I choose?
Luckily for you, we’ve prepared an easy reference guide to the various types of rain gutters plus their strengths and weaknesses. And, don’t worry, it’s okay to not have known that there were different kinds of rain gutters before this very moment.
What are gutters made of?
You’ll find that the material your rain gutters are made of will have a huge effect on their overall cost. If you’re looking to upgrade your gutters, repair them or just start anew, it’s helpful to know what kind of material does what.
For starters, you have very basic aluminum gutters which can stand up to your typical debris, including rain, falling leaves, and snow. The metal is also resistant to rusting, lightweight and highly malleable, which is a fancy way of saying it bends really easily. That’s a good thing, especially when the choice is between bending or breaking. It’s also the cheapest, which is always a nice thing to take into consideration.
These facts are in contrast to other kinds of materials, such as copper and galvanized steel gutters. Both of which look very cool and hold their own against the elements, but hardly anymore than aluminum. The drawback is, of course, that they’re way more expensive than aluminum is. The major benefit to copper gutters is the fact that you won’t have to paint over them because they’re resistant to mildew and other palette-altering forces.
Shapes and Styles
Who would’ve guessed that gutters had their own artistic appeal and sufficient style variants to warrant their own magazine (potentially)?
Well, it turns out that size and shape do matter. Let’s consider that the dynamics of each home and the environment its built upon means that there’s a unique size and shape that works best for a particular property.
One of the most common styles is the K Style Gutters with 5-inch aluminum metal. These are especially good for water flow and making sure there’s minimal room for clogging of leaves, branches, twigs, pinecones and other debris.
Other styles include Half Round gutters, which are basically just half-tubular, fascia gutters and European-style. All of these are fairly common, but each has their own limitations and weaknesses that gutters of the K-Style easily solve, such as quick overflow and easy blockages.
Size and Colors
For the most part the size and color of your gutters will come down to personal choice. Gutter sizes usually refer the the width of the trench. You’ll often hear the size referred to as either 5-inch or 6-inch of a kind of metal. The wider your gutters, the more rainwater and debris your gutters can catch before overflowing. The idea of installing and keeping up with your gutters is to keep rainwater from affecting your roofs, walls and foundation. The main idea is to keep the gutters from clogging and overflowing too easily, which is best done by investing in larger gutters.
Author’s short bio:
Frazier Roofing and Guttering is one of the best roofing companies in Fort Worth Texas, we have over 18 years of experience in roofing and have been happily serving all of Tarrant County and surrounding cities with their gutter and roofing demands. Founded by Rich & Sheila Frazier in 1977, the year that Elvis “The King” left us. Over the years, we have built up our team of Arlington roofing contractors and have become one of the most distinguished roofing companies in the area.