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Which gutter is best?

Last Updated: 5th April, 2020

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Stainless Steel Gutters. Vinyl and aluminum gutters are considered two of the best types of gutters because they are cost efficient, meaning that for what they cost, they do their job well.

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Similarly, you may ask, which is better aluminum or vinyl gutters?

Unfortunately, although the vinyl is much less expensive than aluminum, it also does not have nearly as long of a lifespan. The last difference is the fact that vinyl gutters are installed in sections, but aluminum gutters are seamless. Therefore, aluminum gutters are less prone to leak.

Additionally, are wider gutters better? In this case, bigger is better. Large rain gutters can handle almost double the amount of water and the oversized downspout that comes with it also has more capacity for debris. This translates to better protection from water damage and probably means less upkeep as well because your gutters won't clog so easily.

Also know, what should I look for when replacing gutters?

Basic 5” Standard Seamless Gutter Qualifications: Gutters over 40' in length should have 2 downspouts. Gutters do not overflow on regular or normal rains. No upper roofs gutters should be draining into lower 5″ gutters. You've had 5” previously and you haven't had overflow.

What is a good price for gutter installation?

The average cost to install galvanized or aluminum gutters is approximately $4 to $9 per linear foot. There are also vinyl gutters which are much easier to install, and which run at roughly $3 to $5 per linear foot. Therefore, installing from 125 to 200 feet of gutters will cost $1050-$2400.

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What is a fair price for seamless gutters?

A typical residential installation is of 140 feet of seamless aluminum gutter with four downspouts and four corners. It will typically cost around $5.88 per foot to be professionally supplied and installed. The seamless gutter material requires special equipment and so is limited to a professional installation.

Abdelbasset Seibel

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How long do vinyl gutters last?

Vinyl has a relatively short lifespan. If you live in a moderate climate and properly care for the material, then it can last up to 20 years. If you aren't careful, then the vinyl can last less than 10 years. These gutters have a tendency to bend from heavy rain or snow.

Khader Pascua

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How long do plastic gutters last?

How long do gutters last? UPVC gutters have a shelf life of around 25-35 years after this the rubber seals become porus and the plastic becomes brittle, so under weight of water and waste sometimes the gutter will crack or become weak and liable to being damaged more easily.

Pearlie Navares

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How much does Home Depot charge for gutter install?

Vinyl gutters cost about $3 to $5 per linear foot. Metal gutters range in price: aluminum costs $6 to $12, steel $9 to $20, and copper $25 to $40 or more. Installing gutters for an entire home can cost anywhere between $600 and $2,400. The national average is between $850 and $1,000 for approximately 200 feet.

Hiba Barthelmeh

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Are Seamless Gutters worth it?

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When compared to traditional gutters, seamless gutters are expensive as they are usually priced a few hundred dollars more. However, many homeowners believe that the high seamless gutters cost is worth it because seamless gutters are easier to maintain.

Brandi Joynson

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What is K style gutter?

The outer shape of the gutter is supposed to (very vaguely) represent the letter K, as opposed to a perfectly-rounded, half-circle-shaped gutter. In other words, the outer edge consists of a short, straight line from the bottom of the gutter, then two opposing curves, followed by another short straight line.

Farrah Heliodoro

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What color gutters should I get?

Most design experts recommend matching the color of your gutters to the roof or the trim of your house. If the trim of your house is wide, it's suggested that you match the color to the trim. If the trim is skinny, match your gutter color to the roof.

Lillian

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Can gutters go around corners?

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Also, it's unnatural for water to flow around a corner; so when a gutter forces runoff water to change direction, it can often result in uneven wear on a specific point over time.

Maddalena Chella

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Can you install gutters yourself?

A permanent solution you should consider is installing drip edge. Drip edge gets installed under the first course of shingles and promotes water to run freely from roof edge down into gutter. Without it, water may run down behind your gutter, down fascia board and siding, leading to potential damage.

Grisela Montori

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How do you attach gutters?

How to Seam Aluminum Gutters Together
  1. Measure roof edges along the fascia to determine gutter length.
  2. Add an extra 3 to 4 inches after roof measurements to each gutter piece to allow for overlapping edges when joining the pieces.
  3. Use a hacksaw or tin snips to cut the pieces.

Varsha Dogmarov

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How much does Leaf Guard cost?

How much does a leaf guard cost? On average, gutter guards cost $7-$10 per foot of gutters including materials and installation, or $1400-$2000 for the average-sized home.

Michaela Fontinhas

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Do I need 5 or 6 inch gutters?

If you're asking yourself if size matters, it truly does. Two of the most common sizes are five and six inches. Five inch gutters can hold significantly less water than six inch gutters. This can quickly result in overflowing gutters, especially if they're clogged.

Latonia Santange

Teacher

Do I need gutters on my house?

But most homes do need a good rain gutter system to collect the storm water that lands on the roof and direct it away from the house to prevent damage to the structure of your home and to protect your foundation and driveway and sidewalk from pooling water on the sides of your home.

Thami Cacais

Reviewer

Why does water run over my gutters?

If the gutter is tilting away from your house, it could be causing an overflow (particularly during heavy storms). The pitch of gutter — heading towards a downspout — can also cause overflow if it's too steep. Same goes for lack of pitch, which causes the water to gather in one spot, rather than flowing toward an exit.

Jamila Cherkaoui

Reviewer

Are 6 gutters worth it?

Six-inch troughs can hold twice as much water as 5-inch gutters. Also, the steeper the pitch of the roof, the more wind-driven rain it will take. If your roof is either steep, slick, or both, spending the extra money for 6-inch gutters would probably save you on home repairs in the long run.

Ibrar Dunhaupt

Reviewer

How wide should my gutters be?

The most common gutter sizes are 5 inches and 6 inches, although 4 inches is available as well. Downspouts are commonly 2 x 3 inches and 3 x 4 inches in size or 3 or 4 inches in diameter.

Emmett Sarnadas

Reviewer

What happens if you don't have gutters?

If soil erosion occurs because you don't have gutters, your garden could literally wash away. Even if erosion is minimal, puddles of water will form in your garden bed and drown your plants. Melting snow will also drip down and freeze overnight into solid sheets of ice that could kill evergreen shrubs.

Sam Ikazuriaga

Supporter

How many downspouts do I need for my gutters?

How Many Downspouts Do I Need? A general rule of thumb is one downspout per 20 feet of guttering, but more may be necessary depending on the local weather, the size of the drainage area and the design of the gutter system.