Installing new gutters? Replacing old ones? Knowing which gutter is right for your home is critical to maintaining a healthy and protected home. As we quickly approach hurricane season, fall, and winter, having the right gutter is necessary. At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we’re here to help you with all your gutter needs. We service many areas in North Carolina, including but not limited to Burlington, Greensboro, Elon, Mebane, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh.
Types of Gutters
There are two types of gutters that you can install for your home.
- Sectional or Seamed Gutters: These are easy DIY gutters that attach to your home with hangers. You can find these gutters at your local hardware store and are made with either vinyl or metal. There are a few pros and cons to these kinds. While they’re inexpensive and easy to install (with a partner and trusty ladder!), they lack in color and style, making it difficult for your gutters to match the rest of your home’s exterior. Additionally, sectional gutters may leak and metal ones can be dented by branches or big debris.
- Seamless Gutters: These offer a smooth look and come with up to fifty different colors. While more expensive than sectional gutters, seamless don’t leak. Another disadvantage is the difficulty in installing them. These are not DIY friendly and require professionals to install them for you.
Gutters come in three different shapes that offer different durability and protection.
- Fascia Shape: Fascia style gutters are tall and narrow and cover the entire height of the home’s fascia. These gutters can be hard to clean because of their increased depth.
- Half-round Shape: These have a u-shape and are more traditional looking gutters. They hold less water than k-shaped gutters, but they’re wider and extend out from the home more, making them easier to clean.
- K Shape: This is the most popular gutter type because of their aesthetic appeal and because they hold a lot of water. The unique shape makes them structurally very sound.
There’s lots to consider when installing new gutters: shape, utility, installation. But installing new gutters or replacing old ones is well worth it because it ensures that your home is protected from water damage. If you have questions about gutters or you would like to rely on professionals to do the job for you, call Alamance Insulation and Gutters. We service many areas in North Carolina, including but not limited to Burlington, Greensboro, Elon, Mebane, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. We’re happy to help with all your insulation and gutter needs!