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Solder and Sealants

Solder and Sealants: Copper Gutter construction methods have traditionally relied on solder to ensure water tightness and to strengthen joints and seams.The solder used is common 50 50 tin-lead bar solder for uncoated copper, and 60-40 tin-lead for lead-coated copper. It is typically applied to mechanically fastened or formed, rigid joints. Soldered seams and joints are permanent; they should last the life of the copper. Continuous, long runs of soldered seams should be avoided to limit stress fractures. In the weathering process, the lead contained in solder turns gray. Exposed solder in the finished joints can be minimized with the use of blind soldering. In this technique, solder is applied to the back or concealed edge of copper surfaces. An… Continue reading »

Gutter Position: Recommended Gutter Pitch and Position on an Eave

There are two factors that go into determining gutter position on the eave, the pitch of the gutter and the roof slope.Gutter should be pitched 1/16″ or greater per foot for proper drainage. Gutter can be run level for appearance but addition downspout will be necessaryGutters should be placed below the extended roof line so that snow and ice can slide clear.  Steeper pitches require less clearance. Required Clearance of Gutter Below Extended Roof Line  Roof Pitch                              Clearance Below Extended Roof Line 0 in 12 – 2 in 12                                            1” 3 in 12 – 5 in 12                                            ¾” 6 in 12 – 8 in 12                                            ½” 9 in 12 or Greater                                          ¼”

Design Area of Pitched Roofs for Copper Gutters

Design Area of Pitched Roofs for Copper Gutters:  The roof area to be drained is a key factor in designing copper gutters and copper downspouts.  The area of roof contributing runoff to each copper gutter and copper downspout should be determined.  The maximum accumulation of rainfall occurs when it falls perpendicular to the roof plane.  With flat roofs, it is a simple matter of calculating area, since the true roof area is equal to plan area. When a roof is pitched, its plan area is less than its true area.  However, using the true area in the calculations has typically resulted in oversized copper gutters, copper downspouts and drains.  Table 4.4.1 shows the factors that should be used to determine… Continue reading »

DIY Rain Gutter Installation

  At GutterSupply.com, we cater to both the professional contractor as well as homeowners wanting to tackle the job on their own. Whether for budgetary reasons or because they simply like learning something new, a lot of people find hanging their own gutters both satisfying and easy to do. A big benefit to taking on this type of project yourself is the amount of money you can save in installation costs. Recently a GutterSupply.com customer saved thousands installing his own copper gutters on his Seattle home. After teaching himself to solder using a 300W soldering iron he bought on eBay, he was able to install the entire system for just $2,500 in supplies and materials ordered from GutterSupply.com. This is… Continue reading »

How Custom Gutter Solutions Enhance Your Home’s Appeal

We all want our home to look great both inside and out. One of the best ways to enhance the look of any home is to increase its curb appeal. While new siding and fancy brickwork are great ways to add beauty to the exterior, they can be costly and take weeks to complete. One easy way to create instant charm is by updating your home with custom gutter accessories.   Read on to learn more about how these one-of-a-kind pieces can offer eye-catching appeal to your home’s exterior.   Functional Style Decorative custom accessories is a simple way to add both function and beauty to the exterior of the home. They can bring a stylish, distinctive look while still… Continue reading »

6 Essential Ways a Gutter System Protects Your Home

Most homeowners don’t spend much time thinking about their gutters. In fact, they may not even put much effort into maintaining them like they should be. But when water starts to cause problems around the property, they soon realize the important role gutters play in protecting their home. Unfortunately this can be a tough lesson to learn. By the time moisture is able to penetrate the home, you are already in the grips of what could lead to a major home disaster costing you thousands of dollars in repairs and countless hours of time and energy.   Put quite simply, gutters prevent water damage. When we don’t take precautionary steps to properly maintain the gutter system we risk the chance… Continue reading »

Want to Make Your Neighbors Jealous? Install Copper Gutters Today

Your home is probably one of the most important assets you own. It’s your refuge, your sanctuary and a representation of your personal taste. You want it to look great and stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. To give your home that custom, prestigious look that will make your neighbors jealous consider installing a copper gutter system.   Copper gutters add curb appeal. Copper is one of the most premium options for homeowners looking to increase their home’s curb appeal. Other than gold, copper is the only metal that has a natural color to it offering a truly unique look to the gutter system. Over the years, the copper will turn to a classic, beautiful patina giving any… Continue reading »

Everything You Need to Know About Snow Guards

For the last 300 years, people from around the world have found creative ways to prevent snow avalanches from falling off their home’s roofs.  In 1976, Jack McMullen introduced the first clear polycarbonate snow guard marking the beginning of today’s version of the modern snow guard.  Regardless of its design, a guard serves one main purpose – preventing the avalanche of snow and ice from falling off the roof surface.  By evenly distributing the accumulation, these guards can be very effective at reducing heavy loads of wet, heavy snow from damaging what lies below the eaves and gutters.  Useful for both residential and commercial applications, snow guards can be a welcome addition to any building located where large snowfalls can… Continue reading »

The Basics of Ladder Safety

As professional gutter contractor, climbing up and down a ladder hundreds of times a day is just part of the job.   It can be an exhausting and treacherous task and one of the main reasons why homeowners hire a professional to do the work.  In fact, the Center for Disease Control reported that 43% of all fall fatalities in the last decade involved a ladder.*  The height at which the fall may occur only makes the risks of this jobsite hazard even more dangerous.  For this reason, it is important that all contractors keep ladder safety in mind each and every time they climb. Follow these guidelines for proper ladder safety:Before you begin working: Prior to setting up your ladder,… Continue reading »