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Rain gutters are available in galvanized steel, plastic, copper, wood and aluminum. Aluminum is the most efficient material for the price, but vinyl will assure you of rust and rot free service, unless you are working in the most extreme cold climates. Be sure to choose the thickest gutter that suits your budget.
Seamless gutters won’t leak if they are installed properly (because there are no seams); however, due to the necessity of a portable cutting machine on-site, it is best to leave these to a professional installer.
Most do-it-yourselfers prefer sectional gutters. They are sold in pieces for easier installation and transportation to the site. Of course, however, there is a chance of leakage at the seams.
Be sure the fascia is intact and free from deterioration before proceeding. When installing gutters, it is far easier to join the sections on the ground than to work on a ladder. Be sure to lap all seams by 2 to 4 inches. Caulking and riveting complete the seal. Slope each gutter toward the downspout ¼ inch for every 10 feet of gutter.
Gutters come in several sizes and shapes. The most common are the U - shape and the K - shape. Rectangular gutters are available in 2” x 3” or 3” x 4”. Both gutters and downspouts are readily available in 10' lengths.
Color choices for sectional aluminum and steel gutters run the gambit of the color wheel. Vinyl usually comes in either brown or white.