Choosing the right gutter might be the last but certainly not the least important touch on the exterior of a house. Guttering comes in many shapes and colors and is made of a wide range of materials. The question comes naturally: what are the most common gutter types and which one is the right choice for my home?
Color is probably the least problematic factor. Metal gutters can be ordered in many colors and when one is unable to find any shade matching the particular design of the roof or the walls, they can be easily repainted. As far as color goes the options are literally endless and even the most extraordinary glitches of taste can be fairly simply satisfied.
Aluminum is the most popular material when it comes to making gutters. It does not rust and can be painted over as many times as is desired. Aluminum gutters come in many sizes but thick layers are only necessary in regions where heavy snow is expected.
Copper is a classy choice and one has to pay its price. They are usually more durable than aluminum gutters and after a certain time has passed they will be covered with patina, which varies in color from light to darkish green.
It is a risky choice. Only stainless and galvanized steel is recommended to be used, otherwise the metal does not last long. It is cheaper than copper, but more often than not it is more expensive than aluminum.
As far as material is concerned, the latter options are the most widely used in the industry. Now let’s see some of the designs aiming at carrying out particular functions.
This type of gutter system are the most popular. They are cut out from one continuous piece of metal. The lack of seams is the best guarantee for the absence of leaks. They usually come with a longer warranty period than other gutters.
The traditional half-round shaped gutters. They are easy to install and clean. They may need an upgrade of a gutter-guard system in order to prevent blockages.
Rain chains are the beautiful alternatives of round gutter downspouts. A piece of carefully designed chain with a series of plates, guides the water down openly. For the first look they may seem less sensible than the traditional solutions, but they are practical.
For more information on the type of gutters that will work best for you, contact Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314)757-9440 and our St. Charles location (636)441-3800. We carry a variety of gutters to meet your needs and budget!