What Is The Best Gutter Type For Your Home?

What Is The Best Gutter Type For Your Home?

Your home is an asset you will have for the rest of your life, and one that appreciates in value over time. As a homeowner, it should be of great interest to you to ensure your home is in prime condition so you live in a stress-free place. Additionally, in the event that you need to sell it, your home will fetch you a handsome price.

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One often overlooked area of your home is the gutter system. Gutters collect water from the roof into the drainage system, prevent soil damage around your home, among other functions. It’s important to be aware of the types of gutters you can have installed in your roof. Check out the following article for more on this:

Gutter Types

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 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. Read full post at Gutters.com…

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Having known the sizes of gutters available and the benefits of each, it also helps to know the materials used to make gutters. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you need to decide which one will work for you. This article explains more on this:

MATERIALS

Gutters are made from a variety of materials, each with different strengths, appearances, and costs. There may be regulations in historic areas about replacing gutters, so check these if they may apply to you before you buy new gutters.

Aluminum (Image 1)  Lightweight. Joining systems vary. Continuous gutters (without joints) can be made on-site by specialists to suit your requirements.

Plastic (Vinyl) (Image 2) Lightweight, and easy to work with. Sections clip together. Requires only minimal maintenance.

Copper (Image 3) Durable and easy to install. With time, the bright finish weathers to an attractive verdigris (green patina). Read full post at DIYnetwork…

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The great thing about having options is that you are able to choose what suits your house according to the place where you live and the amount of money you want to invest in your gutter project. Apart from choosing the material that best suits your home, you also have the opportunity to choose gutters that enhance the appeal of your home. There are many gutter profiles and shapes available in the market today.

Anyone in the market for new gutters not only has to choose a material, but also has to select among a range of shapes, or profiles. The most popular is the “K-style,” or ogee, gutter, which has a shape similar to decorative crown molding. Fascia gutters, another alternative, feature a smooth face that performs the same function as fascia boards, hiding the edges of the rafter tails from view. Half-round gutters have an open construction with the open side facing the roof. This style has fallen out of favor, because it easily clogs with debris and then overflows. European-style gutter systems are typically half-round gutters made from materials that weather naturally, such as copper. Read full post at BobVila.com…

You can install some of the gutters mentioned above on your own. On the other hand, if you want to be assured of great work that will be worth your money, it is best to involve professionals. They will not only install the gutters for you, but also advice you on how to maintain them.

If you would like professional advice on gutters or roofing services in Dulles VA, or any area in Northern Virginia, please contact us today.

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