Good gutters are the key to a long-lasting roofing system. In fact, we consider them part of your roof. We tell our clients that if you have solid gutters and keep them clean, your roof will last a long time.
Why is this?
The reason is your gutter system is like the veins in your body. It is the primary way the water coming from the sky gets diverted back into the storm drains or in the ground.
If you had no gutters, water would quickly pool around the foundation of your house and do damage. In addition, if your gutters weren’t draining water properly, water would back up onto your roof and cause damage there.
The Beauty of a Good Gutter System
However, gutters are more than just functional. They can often be another way to add to the beauty and value of your home.
We don’t have to tell you that leaking, sagging, and discolored gutters will do the opposite. If your gutters are in need of a reboot, but you don’t have the first idea of how much that would cost or what you have to choose from, contact a reputable roofing company. They will be able to help you select the best gutters for your home.
Top Gutter Options
To get you started, here are the gutter options and basics.
Gutter Options: Shapes
Gutters come in two main shapes:
- The half-round shape
- What we in the business call the K shape.
Half-round gutters are just that: half of a circle. This gutter shape is often found on historical buildings where gutters are made of copper. But you can also get a half-round shaped gutter in other materials.
K-style gutters are flat on the bottom. If you look at the shape of their cross-section, they form a K shape – thus the name. Many K-style gutters come with a decorative front made to look like crown molding.
Both shapes come in either 5 or 6-inch widths, but the K-style gutters carry more capacity and are more expensive than the half-round style.
Gutter Options: Materials
The materials used for gutters are often metal, with the one exception being vinyl. Each type of material has its positives and drawbacks.
Aluminum is the most popular material for gutters. It comes in both seamed and seamless varieties. It’s lightweight, easy to install, it won’t rust, and it comes in many colors plus it can be painted.
Aluminum is also one of the most economical materials to use. The seamless variety has to be installed by professionals, as it requires custom fitting on site.
If you choose this option, the truck with a spool of flat aluminum will park in your yard, and the gutters will be made for your house right there.
Copper is one of the highest costing materials for gutters. However, it’s virtually maintenance-free. It has to be welded by professionals, will never need to be painted, and it won’t rust. You see copper gutters often on historic buildings or high-end homes.
Zinc is right below copper in terms of price and durability. It has to be welded like copper and won’t rust. It is also costly and found mostly in historical or high-end houses.
Steel is not a great choice for your average house, because it’s very heavy. It also is susceptible to rust over time and is pricey compared to aluminum. However, steel is much stronger than any of the other options, which is why it is chosen for some jobs.
Vinyl is last but not least. It’s lightweight like aluminum and easy to install, but it doesn’t come in as many colors and can fade in sunlight. It’s also not strong enough to support ladders leaning against it and may crack in a severe cold snap. Due to the vulnerabilities, vinyl is not always the best choice for Michigan weather. Vinyl is, however, the cheapest option on the market.
Bringing it Home
If you are in the market for new gutters, there are a number of gutter options available. Perhaps you own a historic home and want to upgrade to a more durable material for your gutters. Or, you are looking for a budget-friendly option to increase the drainage of your roofing system.
If you live in Southeast Michigan, we would be delighted to help you find the best solution.
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