Different Types of Gutters
A gutter is a gutter, right? As long as it moves water away from your house, what else matters?
In fact, however, there's more to gutters than meets the eye. And any one of several vital factors can affect the performance of your gutter system. That's why rain gutters come in a wide variety of configurations, so that you and your gutter installer can choose the one that's right for your home.
Six Factors for Choosing Gutters
Now we come to the five factors in selecting a gutter: material, profile, size, production, and coating. You and your gutter installer have choices in each of these factors. The specific combination often depends on whether you're replacing the gutters on an existing home, or specifying new gutters for a custom home.
So let's take a look now at each of the six factors in choosing a gutter.
Rain gutters come in a wide variety of configurations so that you and your gutter installer can choose the one that's right.
How to Choose Gutters
How to choose? Gutter installers typically serve only one of four distinct markets: commercial buildings, tract homes, custom homes, and existing homes. We're not concerned here with commercial structures—or with tract homes, because it's the builders who choose those gutters. We're really concerned with the right gutters for your home and the gutter options and choices you have.
In both the custom home and existing home (or "retrofit") markets, it's the homeowner who chooses the gutters. But that's where the similarity ends. These two types of homeowners select gutter systems for very different reasons.
If you own an existing home and have decided to replace your gutters, you've probably reached the point where you're sick of leaks and ready to "do something," albeit at an affordable cost. On the other hand, if you're building a custom home then you want gutters that complement the aesthetics of your new residence. Having spent a bundle on your home's exterior, you don't want just any run-of-the-mill gutter system.
Read on to learn about the different parts and pieces of your house gutters: House Gutters