rain gutters


The purpose of gutters is to funnel rain water away from the walls and foundation of your house, which helps to prevent mold, rotting, and cracking of the walls and foundation due to water expanding and contracting from temperature fluctuations.  Gutters and downspouts channel rain water away from the soil supporting the foundation, so the foundation remains stable, and prevents flooding of the basement. Gutters also help to channel rain water away from doors and windows, so the water doesn’t “sheet down” or splash up mud that can enter the home.  Rainwater can be collected in a barrel, or a catchment system, and used to irrigate lawn and gardens.  Gutters are typically made from aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, and vinyl, and come in either a K-style flat bottom and back, or a half-round tube shape.  The gutter trough is placed at the bottom edge of your roof to collect and channel the runoff into downspouts, and away from the home.  Gutters need regular maintenance throughout the year, to clean leaves, rodents, and debris out of the trough.



Aluminum gutters are made out of Aluminum, come in a variety of colors (they can also be painted), and are either sectional or seamless.  Seamless gutters are made to measure, have less problem with clogging and debris accumulation, and less leakage. A tip, install a seamless gutter with a baked enamel coating, which never requires painting.


Galvanized steel gutters are extremely durable, heavy, and won’t bed, dent or break; they should last for 20+ years in any environment with proper maintenance.  These gutters can be noisy during heavy rain.


Copper gutters are durable, do not rust or rot, and can withstand temperature changes without warping.  Copper oxidizes and forms a patina over time, which creates a unique rustic charm. Copper gutters can last decades without replacement.


Vinyl gutters are made of thick plastic sheets, they are resistant to rotting and rusting, are simple and easy to install, and are quiet during rain.