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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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Gutter Buying Guide

by Edwin Johnston

Getting new gutters isn't as simple as buying a length of guttering and attaching it to your eaves. There are several decisions you need to make to ensure the gutters match the look of your home and work as well as possible. The following guide can help you make your decision.

Shape

Gutters come in four main shapes:

  • Round gutters are u-shaped. These are typically wide and shallow, so they can be more prone to clogging than the other shapes.

  • Box gutters are almost completely square, which gives them plenty of room to catch run-off and avoid debris clogging. Unfortunately, their profile really stands out, so they can detract from the appearance of your roofline.

  • Fascia gutters are designed to blend in to the fascia boards behind them. They have a wide top to catch runoff, and this top tapers to a narrower bottom.

  • K-line gutters are a good in-between option. They offer water-catchment qualities similar to the box gutters, but the front curves slightly inward similar to the fascia style so that the gutters have a streamlined look. This is one of the most popular styles.

Size

Your next decision is size. Gutters come in three main sizes—4 inch, 5 inch, and 6 inch. The 4-inch style is only suitable if you get minimal rain and if you don't have a lot of overhanging trees to drop debris into the gutters.

The 6-inch gutter is best in areas with a lot of rain or lots of overhanging trees. For most homes, the 5-inch gutter provides a happy medium. It's wide enough not to become clogged easily by a few leaves, but it's not as wide as the 6-inch, so it has a more streamlined appearance.

Materials

There are three main materials choices: vinyl, aluminum, and steel. Vinyl is an inexpensive choice that is rust resistant and low maintenance. Unfortunately, it isn't as durable as metal, so it will eventually crack. You are also limited in color choices.

Steel gutters are rust resistant but not rust proof, while aluminum is rust proof. Steel gutters are also heavier than their aluminum counterparts. Both steel and aluminum can be painted, and aluminum is also available in a large selection of powdercoated colors, which adds further durability.

Installation style

Your final decision will be whether to get seamed or seamless gutters. Hands down, seamless is the way to go. The installation tech will measure the distance between downspouts and then fabricate the gutter onsite to this length. The result is a gutter system with minimal seams, which reduces the chance of leaks. Seamed gutters, on the other hand, come in predetermined lengths and are more likely overall to leak.

For more help, contact a gutter professional such as A - 1 Seamless Gutters Inc in your area.

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