Gutters & Downspouts
Gutters are crucial to the shedding of water from your roof. Gutters and downspouts that are properly installed and clear of obstructions—are key to preventing unnecessary water damage to your home. They also need to adequately handle the volume of water channeled into them by your roofing system. The Roofing Annex can provide you with a FREE evaluation to determine if your gutters are functioning correctly or if you should consider replacing them.
Seamless guttering may be your best choice for an inexpensive, long lasting guttering system. There are no breaks in this system, which means that there can be no future leaks and greater overall strength is achieved. The seamless guttering system can be made in a variety of materials such as: copper, aluminum and galvanized steel―varying in color and style to match your residence or business.
Frequently Asked Gutter System Questions:
Why does my gutter overflow?
There are many possibilities, but the most common reason for a gutter to overflow is due to an obstruction of some kind in the gutter or downspout inhibiting drainage. Another possibility could be due to the gutter being improperly pitched. A third possibility could be a result of the gutter having been set too low on the fascia and water draining from the new roof is flowing right over the top of the gutter. This is common on older houses where no drip edge existed on the old roof and the shingles were allowed to sag into the gutter. A fourth scenario includes the inadequate spouting of water―downspouts should be added or upgraded to oversized ones.
How many downspouts should I have?
No gutter system has a pre-determined number of downspouts. However, it is industry standard to have 1 standard size downspout (2”x3”) for every 25 linear feet of standard size (5-inch) gutter. This ratio will allow the downspout to drain water from the gutter adequately.
How often should I clean my gutters?
Gutters should be inspected twice a year and cleaned as needed―once in the spring and again in the fall. If there are obstructions caused by any debris, or even a tennis ball, or a baseball that may have made its way into the gutter between inspections—remove it immediately.
What materials are available?
Our standard gutter coil is manufactured by Mastic (formerly Alcoa) and is available in approximately 20 colors for you to choose from.
How do you attach the new gutters?
Older gutters were hung using a long spike and ferrule, which would pull out of the fascia board when the gutter was under a heavy ice/snow load. Today, most gutters are installed using hidden bracket hangers every 18-24 inches. These hangers clip into the front of the gutter, slide over the back of the gutter and use a coarse threaded screw which gets run into the fascia board.
What kind of leaf guard system should I use?
There are countless leaf guard systems available to purchase and they all claim to be the best, with some costing over $20 per linear foot! The most commonly installed leaf guard system that we use is called Leaf Relief which lays flat on top of the gutter. It is secured to the front lip of the gutter with zip screws and has a vinyl seal that fits tightly against the fascia or drip edge. Leaf relief is a solid aluminum sheet that is punched with several small holes to limit the amount of debris that can get through it. We have had great results with this product and it is relatively inexpensive.
To learn more about the kind of gutter and leaf guard system that is best suited for your home call
The Roofing Annex at 1-855-55ANNEX (26639).