The Purpose of Guttering SystemsThe purpose of guttering systems is to collect water (rain) from the roofing area and disperse the water away from your home. Properly configured downspouts (leaders, drain pipes) are very essential. A faulty guttering system can contribute to damage to soffit & fascia, shingles, building foundations, driveways, walkways and landscaping. Guttering systems require maintenance to insure protection for your home. Make sure your gutters are free from debris, leaves, granules from shingles and birds' nest. The extreme exposure to nature can also cause sealant failures.
Gutters & DownspoutsThere are many different gutter materials to choose from, including steel, aluminum, vinyl and copper. Many types of gutters (steel and vinyl in particular) are sold in 10’ lengths and require dozens of seams fastened with slip fittings, each one is a weak spot and a potential leak site. Another alternative well worth considering is the installation of seamless aluminum gutters. Seamless gutters must be fabricated on-site by a professional contractor.
The term seamless can be confusing because there are seams in the system. The seams are only at the corners and downspout outlets.These joints are fastened more securely and sealed for stability and leak resistance. itself is continuous which makes them both strong and visually more appealing.
How to Determine Gutters & Downspouts:
- 3 x 4 downspout for every 1200 square ft. of roofing area.
- For example: If your roof is 40ft. long and 16ft. to the peak.
- 40 x 16 = 640 sq. ft. area **Requires (1) 3x4 downspout.
- 7" Seamless Gutters may be required to accommodate steep pitch roofs or slate & tile and should always be used with 3x4 downspouts.