What Gutter System is Right for You?

A good rain gutter system is essential to protect your Abington home from water damage. A leaky gutter can do as much damage as a leaky roof. Choosing a gutter system can be difficult. Gutters come in a variety of types, styles, and materials. Then there is the choice of whether or not you should install gutter guards.

So the question is…which gutter system is right for you?

Sectional Gutters vs. Seamless Gutters:

Sectional gutter systems are sold in pieces at your local Abington home improvement store. Sections are glued or snapped together to form the length of gutter you need. While these gutters are inexpensive, they are more prone to leaking and breaking due to amount of weak spots or seams. Typically, sectional gutter systems are installed by homeowners. Sectional gutters can be made of plastic, vinyl, and aluminum.

Seamless gutters consist of a single gutter that is custom-sized to fit your roof. They are more expensive then sectional gutters since they are custom-made, but are less likely to have leaks due to the reduced amount of seams. Seamless gutters are typically created at your home by a contractor with a gutter machine. Seamless gutters can be made of aluminum or copper.

K-Style vs. Half Round

K-Style gutters mimic the shape of crown molding. They have a wider area and can hold more water than half round gutters. K-Style gutters are a more modern choice and are popular with homeowners in the Abington area.

Half round gutters come in a U shape and are a more traditional gutter. Abington homeowners who want to maintain a more traditional or historic look choose this style of gutter.

Other Options

The gauge of the gutter is another choice Abington homeowner should think about. The gauge of the gutter determines the thickness of the metal, which translate to the strength of the metal. At Catalfano Brothers, we use a thicker gauge gutter for better durability.

Another option to consider is gutter guards. There are a variety of options on the market, from effective to ineffective. We at Catalfano Brothers prefer to use a gutter guard made to lie flat in the gutter versus at an angle. Why does this matter? When gutter guards are made to be installed at an angle, it creates a ramp for water to run off rendering your gutter system ineffective. Gutter guards that lie flat allow the water to properly drain during a rain storm.

Catalfano Brothers is here to help you determine what gutter system is best for your Abington home. Call us today at 215-884-1266 for a free estimate for your new gutter system.

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