What You Need To Know Before Buying Gutters

Plumbing systems are one of the most critical fixtures when buying a home. We know a compromised plumbing system can lead to pipe erosion, water leaks, and bursting pipes, costing thousands of dollars in repairs. Like plumbing, compromised gutters can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home. That’s why it’s essential to understand what you need to know before buying gutters.  

Gutters are like an external plumbing system, so choosing the style best suited for your house should be just as crucial as ensuring your interior plumbing is intact. 

What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Gutter Style 

Two main gutter styles are used across the U.S.: K-style gutters and half-round gutters. Let’s look at how these gutter styles vary, including material, size, and advantages.  

K-Style Gutters  

Advantages 

K-style gutters tend to be the most popular choice for homeowners across America. Solid and easy to install, K-style gutters have been around since the 1940s and retain more water than other gutter styles. In addition, K-style gutters are stylish and fit in with most modern home designs  today, which is why they are among the most popular gutters across America. These also come with a seamless finish option, reducing the risk of leaks and water damage compared to other gutter styles. 

 Disadvantages 

Due to the K-style shape, these gutters can be more challenging to clean than other gutter systems. With one side flat and the other curved, the corners can cause hard-to-reach places, allowing them to hold leftover debris and water. Depending on the material, water remaining in the gutter system can make it susceptible to corrosion, eventually leading to a repair or replacement. 

Half-Round Gutters 

Advantages 

Half-round gutters have a symmetrical U-shape which aesthetically suits older homes. The U-shape of half-round gutters creates easy access to ensure that all the debris is removed with the changing seasons. In addition, with a smooth interior, water and waste move more freely to the downspout, resulting in half-round gutters needing less maintenance than other gutter options. This reduces the risk of leaks and overflow, which can eventually lead to gutter corrosion. 

Disadvantages 

With the benefit of the U-shape gutter style being easy to clean, it is also easily accessible for debris collection. However, even with a smooth interior, this style of gutter will likely need regular maintenance to protect your home. 

What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Gutter Material 

Aluminum 

Aluminum gutters are the most popular choice, with the main advantage being their ability to resist corrosion. As water continues to sit and flow through your gutter system, this style is rust-resistant, more durable, lightweight, cost-effective, and better suited for the changing seasons. 

Vinyl 

Like aluminum, vinyl gutters are highly durable and rust resistant. Vinyl gutters are not only the most cost-effective, but a ladder should not dent, scrape, or damage the gutter when placed upon it. If purchasing vinyl gutters, be sure to inspect the quality that you are buying, as some cheaper vinyl products can be more prone to being weighed down by snow and ice. To reduce this risk, look for a thick vinyl product. 

Copper 

Although copper gutters are beautiful and can add a unique appeal to one’s home, they also are the most expensive. Similar to the other materials, copper is rust-resistant and  is also the most durable. If cared for properly, these gutters can last many decades without needing to be replaced or repaired. 

What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Gutter Size 

The amount of rain, the size, and the slope of your roof are determining factors when choosing a gutter size. That said, five and six-inch gutters are the most common sizes in the United States, while in Canada, eavestroughs can go up to fifteen inches. 

When determining the size of the gutter best suited for your home, it is essential to note that six-inch gutters are more costly but can withstand more rain. Holding almost fifty percent more rain than five-inch gutters, six-inch gutters are installed with larger downspouts and are less likely to clog. 

Why Gutters Are Important 

The purpose of gutters is to move water away from your home and its foundation. Without gutters, you risk water sitting on your roof or running down your siding. Unfortunately, some homeowners make the mistake of ignoring the signs of common gutter problems, which can lead to deterioration, rot, mildew, or mold. In addition, when water moves down the siding of a house, it causes erosion, weakening the foundational structure, which can lead to a flooded basement. 

Although gutters can eliminate the threat of water damaging your home, these problems can still occur without proper maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and other debris can clog gutters causing water overflow and leaking, leading back to foundation issues. 

How LeafFilter Can Help 

Not only does LeafFilter install gutters, but we also pride ourselves in being America’s #1 Rated Gutter Protection System*. By allowing one of our local estimators to evaluate what is best for you, we can reduce your stress about what you need to know before buying gutters.