Gutter protection systems are designed to prevent leaves and other debris from entering the gutter while allowing water to flow freely in the gutter. Some gutter protectors have a solid surface with small hole openings that lay flat at the top of the gutter such as the ones manufactured by Leaf Relief Plygem. This system allows water to enter the gutter while the debris is lifted away. Another gutter protection system such as the one Leaf Sentry produces, uses surface tension to channel rainwater into the gutter, while leaves, sticks, and other debris are prevented from entering. Leaf Sentry gutters have what looks like a "nose" at the outer edge of the gutter to cause debris to fall into the ground while permitting water to enter the gutter.
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Copper gutters are considered extremely durable, and enhance the beauty and value of any property. They resist common weather elements with ease and are resistant to rust. There are few copper gutters types to choose from: Half round gutters which produce more of a beautiful spherical look (like in the photo) while K-style gutters portray more of an elegant classic look with straight flat sides. Copper gutters are costlier to purchase due to its natural metal, but they acquire a warm patina with age and last longer than any other metal gutter or downspout system.
Copper gutters are considered extremely durable, and enhance the beauty and value of any property. They resist common weather elements with ease and are resistant to rust. There are a few copper gutters types to choose from: Half round gutters which produce more of a beautiful spherical look (like in the photo), while K-style gutters portray more of an elegant classic look with straight flat sides. Copper gutters are costlier to purchase due to its natural metal, but they acquire a nice warm patina with age and last longer than any other metal gutter or downspout system.
You are probably already familiar with gutters and what primary purpose they serve - funnel water from the roof and away from your home/building. You are probably even more familiar with the image of someone being on a ladder and clearing the leaves, and other debris from the gutters so that they don't 'clog' or 'sag.' Yes, it's very important to clear your gutters every year but they do far more than just funnel water away from your home. Gutters can prevent basement flooding, cracked/damaged foundation, infestations, mold, erosion, paint damage, the list can go on...all of this CAN happen just from malfunctioning gutters. So, though proper maintenance is key to having good working gutters, it is also worth considering what quality of gutters you should install so that maintenance won't be something you have to worry about too much.
Aluminum gutters resist rust, rotting, and are more customizable due to their flexibility. Another great feature about aluminum gutters is that they come in various colors depending on which manufacturer you get them from. On average, aluminum gutters will last up to 20 years in nearly any climate, so they are very durable and are typically installed the most. One thing to note however is that since these gutters are covered with an enamel, the surface paint may wear off over time. If this happens, the gutters can be easily repainted if they are not worn out too much. Older gutters are usually spiked (long nails), however, most gutters today -- if properly installed should be mechanically installed with screws since they hold up better.
Most residential buildings are equipped with 5-inch gutters, and commercial buildings are equipped with 6-inch gutters. Both are industry standards and where they are installed varies. Architecture and weather determine which gutter length is appropriate. Commonly, the larger the roof surface area is, the higher volume of water will runoff requiring a 6-inch gutter. The slope of the roof also helps determine the amount of water the gutters will need to drain and which gutter length is the best to use. Moreover, downspouts are another important criteria to consider. To ensure proper gutter drainage the length of the downspout should take into account the roof surface area, slope, and gutter length for a uniform gutter system. Lastly, where you live can help determine which gutter length you need. Some geographic areas experience frequent rainfall in heavier volumes than other areas.