When it comes to selecting gutters for your home or office, it seems as if the sky is the limit. There are four major choices that you have to make. They are, the style, size, color, and whether or not they should have seams. Once you make these decisions, the only other thing you need is a gutter machine in order to make the job easier.
Prior to the 1970s, most gutters were made of wood. Today, you can choose from a variety of materials. The most popular of which is aluminum because it is easy to work with, lightweight and does not corrode. Another popular choice in gutter material is copper. Copper is similar to aluminum. However, it does not need to be painted. Another common choice is to have gutters made of galvanized steel that is covered in zinc. However, they tend to rust and clog more often than gutters made of aluminum or copper. There are also gutters made out of vinyl that are available as a low-cost alternative, but they do not last as long as those made of metal. In addition, you have to purchase them precut with seams and cannot use gutter machines to make them.
Another choice that needs to be made when deciding on new gutters is the style. This is how you would like them cut. The most popular styles are U and K, and U. The U style looks like the letter U and the K-style is cut to look similar to the crown molding found inside most homes. While most gutter machines are programmed to cut K-style gutters, you can ask your salesperson if they can cut other styles as there are also styles A through L available for you to choose.
The next decision you have to make when it comes to new gutters is the color you would like them to be. The most popular color is white. However, there are many others to choose from. You have to determine what color is best for you home or business and the effect you would like it to give. After all, the outside is the first impression given and gutters help make it a good one.
In addition to choosing a unique color, another way that you can improve the look of your gutters is to include gutter art. Gutter art is when a design is embossed into the metal and can be done by adding an additional piece of equipment to the gutter machine. There are five designs to choose from or you can ask about creating your own for a truly unique experience.
Finally, you need to decide on the width of your gutters. The most common sizes are five and six inches. However, there are some gutter companies that also offer seven-inch gutters as with the flip of a switch on the gutter machine, you can switch between the sizes. Bear in mind that the wider the gutter, the more water it can hold. But, it also takes more material to make wider gutters, so they will be more expensive.