HOME Although gutters hang from the eaves, it’s actually the home’s foundation they’re protecting. Gutters manage rain runoff that would otherwise be pouring off the roof and driving into the ground around the house. Not only can all the splashing cause damage to siding materials, but if this water is not redirected away, it can accumulate, leak into the house, create all sorts of moisture problems, and eventually damage the structural foundation. A properly installed gutter system is the home’s first line of defense to prevent such problems from happening. Gutters and downspouts are available in a wide range of materials and styles, including alu- minum, vinyl, galvanized steel, stainless steel and copper. Gutters are also available in various sizes and shapes called profiles, but are generally limited to rounds, half-rounds, ogees and rec- tangles. The most popular options are half-round and “K” profiles, in which the front profiles resemble the letter K. The ridges of these profiles add to the stylish appearance and also increase their structural integrity. Gutter channels are available in 4-, 5- and 6-inch diameters. Downspouts come in corresponding sizes in round or rectangular shapes.
SEAMLESS VS. SECTIONAL All gutters are either sectional or seamless. A seamless gutter means that a straight gutter is made of one continuous piece of gutter material. The only seams are found at corner miters and downspouts. Seamless gutters are considered more durable because the seams of sectional gutters can weaken over 10 or 15 years down the road. This is because constant
Seamless gutters are installed by professionals using specialized machinery that shapes a roll of sheet metal into a continuous length of gutter to fit the house.
By Matt Weber