Gutters are an important part of your home and it is also significantly important to understand the basics on gutter parts as a homeowner. When you have an understanding of gutter materials, it becomes easier to perform basic maintenance or identify faulty gutters on your roof. Here is a gutter guide for you on the various gutter parts and its functions:
Gutters come in a variety of materials. Aluminum gutters are the most popular due to its lightweight feature, its inability to rust and, they are easy to install. Copper gutters are also used, mainly for its visual appearance. They are the most expensive type of gutters and require professional installation. Steel gutters are also often strong, however, the nature of its form allows it to rust easily over time and may frequently need replacement. Steel gutters are heavy and need more maintenance than other types of gutters. Vinyl is also used in gutter materials, and are lightweight and easy to install. The color options for vinyl gutters are limited and they tend to fade over time.
Gutter Types: Sectional or Seamless Gutters
The two most common types of gutters are sectional and seamless gutters. Sectional gutters are easier to install – you simply attach each section together using the right tools, clamps, and screws. Sectional gutters tend to have more issues, as they can leak at joining points, sag or otherwise fall apart. Seamless gutters are made specifically for your home and rarely leak. It is highly recommended to get professional gutter installers to install seamless gutters as they can be very complicated to set up by yourself. While you can choose from sectional or seamless gutters, you also have to know about the various gutter parts you might encounter. Here is some gutter terminology that would help with choosing the right gutter for your home:
- Gutter sections is the term that refers to the gutter itself. It is the part of the gutter responsible for collecting rainwater. A gutter section in a seamless gutter system is the entire gutter along the length of your house.
- The downspout carries the water from the gutter sections down to the grown. They are vertical and can be either rectangular or circular in shape.
- Hangers are used to attach the gutters to your home. Hidden hangers can be placed inside the gutter system so that they can’t be seen.
- The end caps on your gutter system help prevent roof debris or water from getting out of the gutters. End caps are at the end of each section and might be attached to the eaves of your home.
- Miters fasten two gutters pieces at a corner.
- Elbows are attached to the end of a downspout so water can drain away.
- Pipe cleats are used to attach the downspout to the side of your house.
Contact Weatherguard Gutters for Gutter Installations & Repairs
Weatherguard Gutters also provides advice on selecting the best gutter type for your home. If your home gutters are in need of repairing or replacement, we have a wide range of gutter parts for you. Contact us today for a free gutter installation estimate!