Preparing Your Gutters for Snowfall: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

If you live in a part of the country where snowfall is to be expected in mid to late fall, now is the time to start thinking about the impact of that snow on your gutters. Below are five important considerations that you need to be making right now to ensure that your gutters and your roof are prepared for the incoming snow.   #1 – Clean Your Gutters   It’s important that you take the time to clean your gutters thoroughly before the first snowfall arrives. This will ensure that as the snow melts and the resulting water flows into your gutter system, it will be able to flow unimpeded. Depending on the temperature, it is possible for this… Continue reading »

What are Box Gutters and When Should You Use Them?

Box gutters are found primarily on older homes and structures that were built in the late 1800s until the early 1900s. They are much different from the gutters you’ll find on more modern homes, but at the time, only box gutters and copper gutters were readily available. Though they aren’t used very often anymore, there are times when you might prefer them. Here is everything you need to know about box gutters and the right time to use them.   What Makes a Box Gutter Different?   Unlike today’s gutters, which are made entirely from metal, box gutters were made from a wood frame covered by a very thin sheet of metal – typically something like stainless steel, copper, or… Continue reading »

Gutter Replacement and Curb Appeal: Which Material Should You Choose?

Your gutters serve one primary function – to move water off your roof and away from your home in order to protect your landscaping, foundation, and roof. However, just because they are functional, that does not mean they shouldn’t be aesthetically pleasing. Below, you’ll learn about the most popular gutter materials and how they can affect your home’s overall curb appeal.   Aluminum Aluminum is the most popular gutter material among homeowners in the United States, and for good reason. It’s durable, it’s lightweight, and it’s affordable – plenty for consumers to love. However, its economical price does come at another cost, and that’s the fact that aluminum is easily damaged by debris and even high wind. Over time, you… Continue reading »

Why Metal Gutters are (Sometimes) Better than Vinyl

Depending on where you live, you may want to think twice when deciding between vinyl and metal gutters. Although vinyl gutters are quite popular in many parts of the country, due to their ease of installation, affordability, and various colors and textures, they come with a unique set of downfalls that make metal gutters superior in many different ways. Take a look at what sets vinyl and metal gutters apart:   Why People Choose Vinyl Gutters   With all the various materials available for gutters, including steel, aluminum, and copper, people still choose vinyl relatively often. Vinyl has some advantages that are difficult to deny. It comes in more colors and textures than metal, and it’s incredibly affordable at the… Continue reading »

How Do You Know When Your Gutters Need to be Updated or Replaced?

Most homeowners spend very little time thinking about their gutters until something goes terribly wrong. Fortunately, with a little bit of knowledge, some regular maintenance, and some planning, it’s possible to know exactly when to update or replace your gutters to prevent expensive repairs. Here are some things to consider.   They’re Cracked, Rusty, or Filled with Holes   Small cracks, holes, and rust spots can be treated with things like flashing or sealant, but if things look pretty bad, it may be in your best interest to just replace your gutters. Once materials start to rust, the rust spreads quickly and will eventually lead to leaks and further damage.   They Gutters Have Begun to Separate   Your gutter… Continue reading »

With the Autumn Leaves Starting to Fall, Now Is the Time to Have Your Gutters Inspected

With temperatures across the country beginning to drop, colorful fall foliage paints the landscape. And as the crisp fall winds start to blow, they’ll take some of those leaves with them. If you haven’t inspected your gutters this season, now is the time to do so. Here’s what you need to know about cleaning and inspecting your gutters this fall.   Why Is a Gutter Inspection So Important?   Your gutters serve one major purpose: to collect the rainwater falling from your roof and move it away from your home. Homeowners usually don’t spend much time thinking about their gutters until there’s an issue – and by that time, the damage can be substantial. As can the cost of repair…. Continue reading »

Different Ways to Order Your Custom Gutters on GutterSupply.com

GutterSupply.com strives to be the country’s largest provider of gutters, accessories, tools, and machinery for both contractors and homeowners alike. With such a massive selection, it only makes sense that shoppers have numerous ways to order custom gutters to suit their needs. Here are the many different ways you can create and place your orders via GutterSupply.com.   Shop by Material and Style   The first way to shop for and order custom gutters on GutterSupply.com involves shopping by material and style. From the homepage, you will find an extensive list of gutter materials on the left of the screen. Different types of aluminum, copper, steel, zinc, vinyl, and even Galvalume are available. Once you’ve chosen your preferred material from… Continue reading »

When You Should Be Using Half-Round Gutters vs. K-Style for Your Home

Today, most homes in the US utilize K-style gutters. They are incredibly effective, and they can be quite attractive. However, as time goes by, more and more homeowners are beginning to discover the benefits associated with half-round gutters. There are some subtle differences between the two styles in both appearance and function, so understanding these will help you make better decisions about your purchase.   Why K-Style Gutters are So Popular   K-style gutters have been designed to fit today’s more modern homes. They are flat on the side that attaches to the home, which means they can be installed directly to the fascia with fewer brackets and accessories. They come in various lengths and sizes, and you can find… Continue reading »

What’s the Best Way to Measure and Price Out a Gutter Installation?

If you are building a new home, renovating an existing one, or simply replacing an old, dilapidated gutter system, you are likely curious about the overall costs. Fortunately, you can estimate for yourself the cost of a gutter installation by taking the proper measurements and looking at the prices for gutter materials. Here are some tips and tricks for getting a rough estimate of the cost of your installation.   Calculate the Drainage Area in Square Feet   First, you will need to know the square footage of your gutters’ drainage area. For a gable-end roof, this is simple. Just multiply the length by the width for each side. If you have hip roofs or intersecting roofs, you will need… Continue reading »

How to Install Various Important Gutter Parts on Your Home

Whether you are interested in reinforcing your existing gutters or you need to make some repairs, it’s always a good idea to understand the best ways to install some of the most common gutter components on your home. Here, you will learn about some of the most common and important accessories as well as how to install them.   Downspout Rack, Drive & Key   A rack and key are used to attach a downspout to an exterior wall. For each story, you will need two racks and keys to properly fasten your downspout. This sort of fastener can be used whether your home exterior is masonry, wood, or stone, and it also works with most siding types. Fasten the… Continue reading »