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Gutters are essential in protecting your home’s exterior and foundation from water damage. While investing in Gutter Helmet®, the best rain gutter system on the market, can significantly reduce the risk of gutter clogs, you still need to make sure the gutters themselves are in good shape, including the gutter hangers.

Read on to learn about different kinds of gutter hangers and why gutter hangers are so important.  

Why Gutter Hangers Matter

The hangers should be made from the same material as the gutters to effectively hold the structure in place. Corrosion can occur if the gutter hanger material isn’t compatible with the gutter material.  Galvanic corrosion happens when two different metals make contact in the presence of water.  

Kinds of Gutter Hangers

Brackets and Straps

Brackets and straps are commonly used to secure half-round gutters. Installers wrap them around the gutter and fasten them to the fascia board, providing added strength to the structure. These gutter hangers can withstand constant weather and temperature changes. 

Spikes and Ferrules

For this type of gutter hanger, a spike is driven into a metal tube or ferrule across the gutter. It ends at the back of the gutter and fastens the gutter to the fascia board. However, when the spike is attached to the fascia, it causes the wood to split, resulting in deterioration. This type of hanger is also vulnerable to freeze and thaw cycles. The expansion and contraction of gutters can cause the spikes to become loose from the fascia. 

Hidden Hangers

Contractors usually prefer hidden hangers for fastening rain gutters to the roof. They attach this hanger horizontally inside the gutter and then screw it into the fascia board. These hangers don’t only look more appealing, but they are also capable of handling large amounts of water. Hidden hangers are the perfect match for K-style gutters, which are the most popular gutter profile in the U.S.

Looking for the best rain gutter system? Turn to Gutter Helmet of Minnesota, your leading provider of seamless gutters and gutter protection systems. Call us at (800) 824-3772 or complete our contact form to get a free quote. We serve homeowners in Monticello, MN.