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Gutters are mounted onto the roof’s edge using fasteners, of which there are a few to choose from depending on factors such as gutter profile and size. In this blog, Gutter Helmet® of Western North Carolina discusses the different types of gutter fasteners.

4 Types of Gutter Fasteners

  1. Brackets — Brackets are the most popular and secure gutter fastener in use today. Brackets cradle the trough from underneath, which provides stable support even during heavy loads. The rear end of the bracket is installed onto the fascia board with multiple screws, which distributes strain and keeps the fastener steady. Some gutter brackets are designed to avoid penetrating the troughs, which can help reduce the chances of gutter leaks.

  1. SnapLock® — At Gutter Helmet®, we use a different type of gutter bracket for our custom gutter systems. SnapLock is a bracket system that attaches to the fascia board without the use of screws, nails or spikes. It helps keep the fascia board’s protective coating intact, which helps preserve the fascia and prevent moisture damage. SnapLock is recommended for use with gutter systems that are fitted with the best gutter guard system in the industry, Gutter Helmet.

  1. Hangers — Gutter hangers span the gutter interior. One end of the hanger is installed on the fascia board using a long screw or spikes, while the other end is hooked onto the gutter edge, forming a hanger. Gutters are traditionally installed using hangers and are still being used on gutters with light to medium load. One concern about gutter hangers is the use of spikes, which exposes the wood layer to the elements. Since the load isn’t evenly distributed, gutter hangers are prone to falling off during heavy rainfall.

  1. Wedge — Wedge fasteners are used on fascia boards that are installed at an angle, instead of the more common vertical type. A wedge or a T-shaped part is installed with the flat vertical side placed against the back of the trough, setting it at 90 degrees instead of following the fascia board’s angle. Wedges are installed using long screws similar to gutter hangers.

Gutter Helmet of Western North Carolina is your leading provider of the best gutter guard system in the industry, Gutter Helmet. Give us a call at (828) 237-3001 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Mill Springs, North Carolina.