The main purpose of a gutter is to move water away from your home, roof, and foundation. Gutters are attached just under the ledge of the roof to collect rain water and expel it from the area. They’re especially important in areas of uneven ground or poor natural drainage. When gutters are damaged, a number of problems can arise, from roofing issues to mold growth. Before that occurs, it’s wise to consult a Miami gutter repair contractor to ensure that you have the correct product for your particular circumstances. Z Roofing & Waterproofing can help Florida residents with this by inspecting their gutters and making sure no roof damage has occurred.
Two Types of Gutters
- K-Style Gutters have a distinct look similar to crown molding. The back and bottom of the gutters are flat, while the front is shaped. The shapes vary by brand and the variety of options is endless. K-style gutters are the most common type.
- Half-round gutters are shaped in a semi-circle. There’s no real advantage to these, which is why they primarily exist in older homes.
Residential & Commercial Gutter Materials
- Most popular gutter material
- Easy installation
- Available in multiple colors
- Cheap (average of $2.50 per square foot)
- Attractive appearance
- No color options
- Expensive (average of $20 per square foot)
- Will rust around a decade
- Pro installation highly recommended due to weight
- Available in many colors
- Reasonable pricing (average of $5 per square foot)
- Easy to install
- Limited color options
- Fades with sunlight over time
- Susceptible to cracking in cold weather
- Least expensive (average $1.50 per square foot)
- Long lifespan
- No color options
- Requires professional installation due to welding
- Expensive (average $17 per square foot)
With a wide range of gutter options to choose from, the material you select is dependent on a variety of factors, such as the expected useful life, price, color options, type of installation (DIY or professional), susceptible to weather changes, and the ability to rest a ladder against it.
Sizing of the Gutter
Standard gutters are 5 inches and contain a downspout at each end of the roof to ensure proper drainage. If you’re located in an area with severe rainfall, like Miami, you could even increase the size to 6 inches. However, be mindful of the fact that a 1-inch increase in gutter sizing increases the cost by 25% due to the materials and labor involved.
Call on Z Roofing & Waterproofing, the Miami gutter repair contractor to inspect your gutters and determine whether or not it needs to be fixed. Finding damages early is the key to avoiding costly fixes later on. Contact our experts today for a free estimate.