When it comes to residential roofing, it’s not always easy to choose the right kind of gutter material for your home. You have the usual choice of vinyl, steel, copper, aluminum and wood, and they all vary in price per linear foot. Their pricing should already include the necessary components of a proper gutter system, which includes corner joints, end caps, hanging brackets and downspouts.
You’ll also need to choose whether you should go for half-round or K-style gutters as well as determine the right size that fits your roof. However, doing this is usually left at the hands of professionals. Here’s what to expect:
Size and Shape
As a homeowner, you’ll first have to choose the proper gutter size, which is the measurement of the top opening and the downspout size, which is the length and width or diameter. You’ll also need to measure their thickness. You can have this done with the help of a professional roofer to ensure an accurate measurement.
The most common gutter sizes are five to six inches, although four inch options are available as well. Downspouts are commonly two by three inches and three by four inches in size or three or four inches in diameter. With a hired gutter contractor, you’ll also determine your area’s rainfall density to check whether the material and design can properly withstand the local weather.
Choosing the Right Gutter Materials
It’s important to know the benefits of each gutter material available on the market so that you’ll know which is the best one for your home. Just remember that a larger gutter system is needed for homes with steep roof pitches, and it’s also ideal if your own home is surrounded by tall trees. You’ll also need to choose whether to go for sectional or seamless gutters, and this also depends on your budget. Sectional gutters are a good choice so long as they are installed professionally and regularly maintained, but seamless gutters are more effective against clogs and leaks, and are much easier to maintain in the long run.
When you need a professional on roofing and exterior services, don’t hesitate to call BSR to get the job done. Call us today at (607) 722-7221, or fill out our convenient online request form. We serve Ithaca and neighboring areas.