All Around Roofing: Honest Roofers Denver CO
Gutters are a simple but essential part of Denver roofing construction to keep moisture away from the home. Missing or leaking gutters can allow water to leak into basements and crawl spaces, erode topsoil, stain siding and damage wood with moisture and rot.
Gutters are available in aluminum, vinyl, galvanized steel, copper, stainless steel and wood. Copper, stainless steel and wood are rarely used; the exception is for very high end homes and historic renovations. Copper and stainless steel are especially well suited for gutters. They do not rust, do not need painting and are beautiful in appearance. These metals are, however, the most expensive options a homeowner can choose.
Galvanized steel, aluminum and vinyl gutters are the types of gutters most homeowners consider. Each of these three types of gutters has individual qualities that make each a good choice for a home depending on the home’s structure and the surrounding environment. A homeowner may also wish to make decisions based on convenience, curb appeal or durability.
Galvanized steel gutters are very strong and won’t easily bend or break when a ladder leans on them or a tree branch falls on them. They will, however, eventually rust and require replacement. Galvanized steel gutters may be a good choice in a climate where heavy snow and ice accumulation is a frequent winter occurrence or where falling tree branches are a common issue.
Aluminum gutters are light in weight, and they do not rust. They are, however, at risk of being dented or damaged by ladders and tree branches. Aluminum gutters come in various thicknesses with the thickest gutters being more expensive but also stronger. The homeowner should consider the weather exposure the gutters will have and choose the strongest gutters that fit his or her budget.
Vinyl gutters will never dent or rust and are the easiest to cut and install. However, vinyl can break under pressure and will become very brittle with age, extended exposure to sunlight and exposure to cold temperatures. Like aluminum gutters, they are less likely to survive a falling branch, a ladder or the heavy weight of snow and ice.
Gutters come in different channel shapes, colors and several sizes; they can also have seams or be seamless. A seamless gutter will not leak as there are no joints in the gutter system other than corner connections and downspouts. Larger gutters and downspouts may be advantageous under a canopy of trees as the larger openings are less likely to cause clogs from leaf debris.