Types of Rain House Gutters

House gutters gutter are narrow channels built along the edge of the roof to collect and divert rain water from the roof edge where it is collected.

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Functions of the Gutters

• Reduces the exposure of painted or stained surfaces from water thus protecting them

• As they direct rain water to one point, they provide a means of collecting the rain water for later use.

• Helps in reducing erosion

• Prevents leaks in basements and crawlspaces


Types of Rain Gutter

There are two main types of rain gutter systems;

• Sectional gutter system

• Seamless or continuous gutter system.


Cross- Sectional Gutter Systems

This gutter system is mostly favored by those who can install their own gutters without professional assistance. They are usually made of either vinyl or aluminum because they are light and are expected to serve for less than 10 years.

Their importance

• They can be pieced together in a number of configurations

• Are a good consideration for someone balancing on a ladder because they are light weight

• Their designs are relatively simple


Disadvantages of the cross-sectional system

• There can be leaks between the joints after the joints have separated and created space.

• Because of their weaknesses, the gutters are prone to damage, gutter guard incompatibility and failure.


Seamless or Continuous Type of Rain Gutter Systems

These house gutters have a few joints compared to the sectional gutter system. This type of gutter is professionally installed. The gutters are measured according to the dimensions of the roof and the roll cut in a way to create an angle at the end of a corner. The seamless name is based on the fact that the gutters joints are sealed from the inside or outside.

Advantages of the seamless gutter system

• The possibility of a leakage is less

Disadvantages of a seamless gutter system

Because of the special equipment needed for installation, the system is more costly.

The owner may assume that there is no need for maintenance and may not develop leaks.

As it goes down the roof to the gutters the rainwater carries with it dirt from the surrounding like leaves, soil particles, and others. When they fall in large amounts, they can block the gutters

To allow water to flow through from the roof and at the same time reducing passage of roof debris into the gutter, the gutters can be equipped with micro mesh screens, louvers, screens or solid hoods.

As the water builds up in the gutters, it may leak into the building, the stagnant water formed after the rains may be a perfect breeding place for mosquitoes or may allow weeds and grasses to grow in the gutter.

To keep the gutters from blockage, leaves and other debris have to be removed and regularly maintained.

A regular and alternative way of allowing water to enter but keeping debris out is to install gutter guards which is where experts like the gutter guard installers at The Leaf Man come in handy. Using closed gutters is another option that can ensure that debris and leaves do no enter the gutter.i