Gutters: Material, Type, Color, Construction and Size

The majority of people do not know much about gutters except the fact that they channel water away from the house. They have must have the relevant information for them to choose the right gutter for their houses.

According to Choice Solutions Roofing and Exteriors, the best gutter installation company in Oklahoma City, OK, some of the information they need to know include:

Gutter Material

Aluminum gutters: They dominate the gutter market because they do not corrode, are light, easy to work with and come in a variety of colors and are inexpensive compared to other gutters.

Copper gutters: Cost more but are durable than aluminum gutters. Homeowners value them because of aesthetic reasons. They do not require painting and do not mildew like painted surface.

Galvanized steel gutters: They are zinc coated steel gutters, which are strong through susceptible to rust.  They require constant inspection since they clog and rust quickly.

Galvalume gutters: This is aluminum and zinc coated steel gutter, which is strong, durable and corrosion-resistant.  It lasts about nine times longer than galvanized steel.

Zinc gutters:  These gutters are made of an alloy of zinc, copper, and titanium. These gutters cost more than aluminum initially, but they offset this in the long-term since they require no painting, are corrosive-resistant, and last twice as aluminum gutters.

Vinyl gutters: Cheaper and easier to install than aluminum gutters because they are pre-cut and lightweight.

Gutter Styles

The gutters are available in a wide range of styles/shapes including-

K-style gutters: They are the most common type of gutters. They do not derive their name because they are letter K-shaped. They get their name K-style from the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) alphabetical listing of the twelve most common gutter types with the letter K being number eleven. K-style gutters are the most popular gutter shape or profile. Also known as Ogee gutters from their decorative crown molding appearance.

Fascia gutters Are good on roofs where fascia boards do not overlap the rafter tails. Their smooth face act as the fascia boards, hiding the edge of the rafter tails from view. They are common in the Western part of the United States.

Half round gutters: As their name implies, they are a half circle with the open half facing the roof. They clog easily and overflow.

European gutter: Have been around for ages and are made from copper. They have a gutter bead that turns to the outside versus to the inside of the gutter and are also typically a half round gutter style

Gutter Construction

They are come in sections or constructed in one seamless, continuous piece.

Sectional gutters: The do-it-yourself gutters are sectional. They sections are joined, forming a weakness that will start to leak with time.

Seamless gutters: It is not that they have no seams. They sections are joined only at inside and outside corners. They machine made from aluminum, galvanized steel or copper.

Gutter colors

Gutters come in different colors. Going by one’s taste, roof design and house size, one can pick the proper color.

Gutter sizes

Similarly, one’s taste, roof design and home size will determine the size of the gutters.

The choice is the court of the homeowners. For the best gutter installation, contact Choice Solutions Roofing and Exteriors, a roofing contractor in Oklahoma City, OK.