Rain gutters come in a wide range of prices, materials, and quality. Before selecting gutters for your home, make sure you research regional weather patterns and ask for help from a qualified gutter contractor. Often you can glean plenty of information ahead of time about gutter guards and gutter types before asking for bids. You'll want the highest level of craftsmanship in gutter materials as well as quality labor for your money.
 
Gutters--Seamless vs. Sectional
Home gutters typically fall into two categories: continuous, seamless gutters, and sectional gutters. Seamless gutters are custom fit to your home, using a measuring and machining system that creates rain gutters without seams that simply connect to downspouts and corner pieces. The cost is just a bit more than other types, but have fewer problems with leaks or clogs.
 
Sectional rain gutters are less expensive to buy, but can leak if not installed correctly. Many home-improvement stores carry sectional rain gutter kits. Downspout width is usually determined by the kinds of trees and other debris-causing matter in your immediate vicinity. Some gutter contractors prefer at least 3" by 4" downspouts for maximum flow.
 
Selecting the Right Gutter Material
Gutters come in a variety of materials and qualities. Vinyl gutters can be the easiest type to install, and they resist rust and corrosion. But vinyl is vulnerable to bitter cold. Aluminum home gutter material weathers better, but is subject to denting. Other options include galvanized or stainless steel -- the more expensive gutter materials on the market.

Research Your Gutter Options


Rain gutters come in a wide range of prices, materials, and quality. Before selecting gutters for your home, make sure you research regional weather patterns and ask for help from a qualified gutter contractor. Often you can glean plenty of information ahead of time about gutter guards and gutter types before asking for bids. You'll want the highest level of craftsmanship in gutter materials as well as quality labor for your money.

 

 

 

Gutters--Seamless vs. Sectional

 

Home gutters typically fall into two categories: continuous, seamless gutters, and sectional gutters. Seamless gutters are custom fit to your home, using a measuring and machining system that creates rain gutters without seams that simply connect to downspouts and corner pieces. The cost is just a bit more than other types, but have fewer problems with leaks or clogs.

 

 

 

Sectional rain gutters are less expensive to buy, but can leak if not installed correctly. Many home-improvement stores carry sectional rain gutter kits. Downspout width is usually determined by the kinds of trees and other debris-causing matter in your immediate vicinity. Some gutter contractors prefer at least 3" by 4" downspouts for maximum flow.

 

 

 

Selecting the Right Gutter Material

 

Gutters come in a variety of materials and qualities. Vinyl gutters can be the easiest type to install, and they resist rust and corrosion. But vinyl is vulnerable to bitter cold. Aluminum home gutter material weathers better, but is subject to denting. Other options include galvanized or stainless steel -- the more expensive gutter materials on the market.