The lack of a functional gutter system to control rainwater can bring havoc to your house and make its maintenance difficult. A properly installed and maintained rain gutter system can prevent water damage on your property’s siding and ceiling. Also, a gutter system can protect your home’s foundation stability and increase the property’s overall market worth.
Before you get a new rain gutter installed on your property, you should research the available options. Discover the common types of gutter systems below.
Based on Material Composition
Rain gutters have different material compositions that determine their quality and lifespans. Here are the common types of gutters based on materials.
Although copper gutters can be costly, they bring value for money when installed correctly. The good thing about these gutters is that they don’t encourage mildew and mold growth. The fact that copper gutters don’t corrode also eliminates extra painting costs. Copper gutters develop green patina color as they age, which can boost your home’s exterior aesthetics.
Aluminum gutters have different thickness levels, so you’ll have your pick of a few options. While thicker aluminum gutters are costlier than the thinnest ones, they don’t easily bend after snow buildup. The fact that aluminum gutters aren’t heavyweight makes their installation more convenient too.
Aluminum gutters resist weather damage and rust, giving them more extended lifespans. Because of the many colors of these gutters, it’s easier to find one that matches your property’s exterior look.
Galvanized Steel Gutters
Galvanized steel gutters are sturdy and can withstand all weather conditions. Steel gutters’ heavyweight doesn’t allow DIY installation, so contact an expert for safe installation. Since these gutters are prone to corrosion, regular maintenance is necessary to protect them from rust.
The affordability of vinyl gutters makes them perfect options for homeowners with limited budgets. Also, these gutters don’t rust easily and are lightweight. Vinyl gutters fade after long exposure to the sun, so they need regular painting to maintain their color and attractiveness.
Although DIY vinyl gutter installation is possible, consider professional installation to prevent errors that could lead to sagging.
Zinc gutters have more extended lifespans than aluminum gutters. Also, these gutters don’t warp or rust and develop a beautiful patina as they age. Although zinc gutters are costlier, they are generally worth the investment.
Based on Style
Rain gutters also come in varying styles that determine their shapes. Learn about common rain gutters based on style.
Consider a fascia gutter system if your house doesn’t have an installed fascia board. These gutters totally cover rafter tail edges that birds and animals use to get into the house. Also, covered rafter tail edges prevent the possibility of water damage to the roof.
K-style gutters’ aesthetic value and functionality make them common in many homes. Unlike rounded gutters, K-style gutters hold more rainwater because of their flat bottoms and straight sides with outward angles. These gutters’ flat backs also make it easier for installers to attach them directly to fascia boards.
K-style gutters aren’t one-size-fits-all since they are available in different sizes and materials. You can also have a K-style gutter customized to match your house’s exterior and give it a seamless look.
The classic look of a European gutter system can make your home more elegant. Installers use visible half-round hangers to fasten these gutters to residential properties. European gutters have a sturdy material composition that can resist severe weather. So, consider a European gutter system if your area experiences severe storms or temperature spikes.
A European gutter system’s wide pipes enable high water volume to run down faster, preventing clogging. Also, these gutters don’t have K-style gutter angles that provide favorable conditions for birds and other animals to build their homes.
DIY gutter installation is tedious and can cause damage to your house’s exterior. At Atlas Contracting, we guarantee quality gutter installation services. Contact us today for a free estimate.