The purpose of a gutter system is to collect the water as it comes off of the roof and transport it away from the structure to protect the inside and outside of the structure, its foundation, and its immediate surroundings from water damage.
A properly constructed gutter system is one that is pitched to drain. This system has a high back, or a flat back gutter, with a separate piece of flashing, which allows for the gutter to be pitched to drain. Properly pitched gutter systems use a (1/6” of fall per 12” of run). This will cause the gutter to drain more efficiently and help it to stay cleaner. Gutters flashed in this manner can be pitched to drain so as to direct water away from problem drainage areas such a windows wells, sidewalks, driveways, and gardens.
Continuous gutter systems do have seams. They occur at the end caps or at the corners. We recommend custom cut corners/miters because they only have one seam and they are stronger than factory made corners/miters. In addition to that, they look better. Box corners/miters have three seams, and strip miters/corners have two seams.
Aluminum: Pre-painted aluminum gutters are available in 5” and 6” and are anodized on the inside. Aluminum gutters will not rust and are pre-finished with a factory applied baked on enamel finish that is warranted not to peel or blister.
Galvalume Steel: Galvalume Steel gutters are available in 5” and 6” sizes. This is a 26 gauge/.018 thick pre-painted steel gutter system that is painted on the inside for rust protection and are pre-finished with a factory applied baked on enamel finish that is warranted not to peel or blister
Copper Gutters: Add a distinctive look to your home or business.
The best looking and strongest way to install gutters is with hidden hangers and the appropriate size screws. They are placed at each rafter tall (usually every 24”), and unlike the spike and ferrule system, actually hold the gutter together and are not subject to the failure problems that are common to the spike and ferrule application.
Please call us today at (865) 659-6496 to talk about how we can help you with your gutters and downspouts.