What to look for when selecting gutters & downspouts
Older gutters can often be difficult and costly to repair, which is why many homeowners elect to replace their gutters instead. Modern gutters offer a wide variety of options to be considered, which are outlined below:
Materials: Modern gutters are typically made from aluminum, as aluminum gutters offer a great combination of affordability, durability, and design choice. Copper gutters are a common option for historical or unique homes.
Color: Aluminum gutters offer the best options for color, as they are factory designed in a wide variety of colors and can be painted any color you want.
Style: There are several different types of gutter profiles. Aluminum gutters are often formed in a "K" profile that includes a flat back section and a curved front. Half-round gutters are curved the whole way through and are sometimes be found on older houses.
Size: K-style gutters typically come in 5-inch and 6-inch sizes. The larger size is usually specified when the roof area being drained is especially large and/or steep. Our gutter experts will help you determine which size is best for your house.
Gutter guards: Gutter guards are an increasingly popular addition that provides excellent protection for your home. Also known as gutter screens, these covers prevent anything other than water from entering your gutters, eliminating clogs and cleaning.
Additional drainage options: Depending on the layout of your home and yard, you may need a downspout extension to carry roof runoff away from the house. Many of these simply extend out over the yard or garden, while others consist of buried pipe that drains to a dry well or daylight outlet.