Gutter FAQ about what type of gutters are best and why. Plus some other great info on how long they last, when to repair and when to replace.
What type of gutters are best?
Aluminum is the best type of gutter because of its cost efficiency. Meaning, it does its job well for the overall price. Copper is the second best but at a higher price point. Galvanized steel gutters are another great option too, with pricing in between aluminum and copper.
Are there different styles of gutters?
After knowing what type of gutter material is best for you, next you’ll want to choose the style, or the look. Rain gutters come in three primary styles: K-style, Straight Face, and half-round.
K-style gutters are the most popular style in use today. They have a crown molding like appearance, making them look stylish and be structurally strong.
Another gutter style is straight face. This shape is tall and flat, just like the name says. The face, or front outer facing side of the gutter, is flat and straight. These gutters carry the most amount of water for their size. The straight flat face helps them blend into the roof-line or look of the house without standing out compared to K-Style gutters.
The final common gutter style is the half-round shape. These have U shaped look. However, this style carries the least amount of water by similar size in contrast to the other two larger volume styles.
Should gutters go all the way around the house?
If you want the full benefit from your gutter system, then yes, they should go all the way around. We position rain gutters to extend beyond the edge of a roof to collect rain water runoff. Gutters go on all sides of a home along the roof edge. This way all the runoff water diverts properly into the right direction away from your home.
How long do gutters last on a house?
Aluminum gutter manufactures claim the life expectancy is 20-30 years, especially when they are seamless gutters. On average, small gutter DIY sections do not last as long as seamless gutters from a professional gutter installer. Aluminum downspouts might last longer than gutters. But it’s always best to replace the downspouts along with the gutters when installing a new system.
Galvanized steel is also good for 20-30 years. Copper gutters can go 50 years or more with proper care. However, I’ve seen gutters fail in half that time due to damage or poor maintenance or faulty installation. In contrast, I’ve also seen 40 year old aluminum gutters on houses and they still function properly. So it really depends on the homeowner, and on the installer.
Can you replace a roof but keep the old gutters?
Sure can. But why would you want to? Basically yes, you can get a new roof and keep your old gutters. However, they must be relatively new or in decent enough shape to provide at least 10 more years of service. Otherwise you’re better off getting new gutters along with your new roof.
Also, some roofing contractors try to cut corners when repairing a roof by keeping the old gutters in place. In my opinion this is a risky idea. It’s best to safely remove and set aside the old gutter prior to installing a new roof. Then reinstall the old gutters when the new roof construction is complete. This way you save the gutters from undue wear and tear and possible damage during construction.
How often should you clean your gutters?
In general, you should be cleaning your gutters at least twice a year. Maybe more often depending on what sort of foliage you have near your home. For example, pine trees and eucalyptus trees are notorious for their extreme amount of debris output. So if you have those, or others like them, then you may want to clean 3-4 times a year.
How do you when it’s time to replace gutters?
Gutters sagging or pulling away from the house are tell-tale signs that you may need new rain gutters. Broken, damaged, bent, or leaking gutters are also telling you they are ready for replacement.
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Owner: Greg Martin
Location: San Marcos, CA. 92069