Roof and Gutter
- The Basics of Gutters
The basics of gutters are simple: soft landing and drainage. Most people understand this about gutters, but there are many homeowners who don’t manage their gutters properly because they don’t completely understand the gutter basics. In this article, the basics of gutters are laid out simply so that hopefully maintaining them is likewise simple.
- Guttering Basics
If your house didn’t have gutters, rain and snowmelt would pour off of your house and hammer the ground with great force. The concentrated effort rolling off the roofing shingles would carve a long line around your house like a fuse. This would rip up the soil, and even if you repaired your yard from the damage, you will still need to do it all over again on the next rain and the next and…This is why homes have gutters.
- Gutters are here to channel the water through gutters and downspouts and pour the runoff out slowly onto your lawn in designated areas. As a result, water runoff can glide onto the ground easily without forcefully damaging the soil. To be fair, if a great deal of rain falls, whether you have gutters or not, constant, heavy runoff will wear down your topsoil.
- Types of Gutters
The standard square-edge gutter, also called the “box” style, has sharp, square edges, and is commonly used on a lot of commercial sites. The “ogee detail” gutter, also called “K-style,” resembles an exterior crown molding. It’s slightly more decorative, giving your home’s exterior a more finished look.
PVC Gutters:PVC, or vinyl, is a tough, maintenance-free, moderately priced popular with newer installations. Vinyl gutter systems are favored by some because they are lightweight and can be easily snapped or glued together. However, vinyl gutters are not recommended for hot, sunny climates where they tend to become brittle, crack and fail quickly.
Aluminum Gutters: Aluminum is a moderately priced and rust-resistant material popular with newer installations. It comes unfinished or factory-painted. The downside is that aluminum tends to leak at joints because the metal expands and contracts too much for sealant to hold permanently. It also dents easily.
Galvanized Gutters: Galvanized gutters are strong and inexpensive, although they can rust.
Copper Gutters: Copper is an expensive material that is strong, durable, rust-resistant and nearly maintenance-free. Copper gutters will weather green unless you coat it with a clear sealant. It also needs to be installed by a professional.