Tips for Choosing Gutters in Colorado Springs

Posted By : Aubrey Mead , on Apr, 2017


Many homes need gutters and downspouts to direct water away from home and limit the risk of leaks and water damage to the home, such as rot. There are a few different types of Gutters in Colorado Springs, so do your research before choosing them.

Professional Installation Required?

There are some gutters a handy homeowner can install, but others require professional installation, which will add to the total cost. These include any labeled as being continuous or seamless gutters, as well as any gutters made from copper. Seamless gutters don’t have seams that could lead to leaking, which makes them popular. Gutters sold in sections made out of aluminum, vinyl and some types of sheet metal can be installed by a talented do-it-yourselfer. Vinyl gutters are easier to install because they’re light, but they can get brittle and crack over time in cold weather and aren’t available in many different colors. However, they don’t rot or rust, so they just need to be cleaned out regularly to prevent clogging. Aluminum is available in more colors. Galvanized sheet metal needs to be soldered, so it’s a more difficult process and these gutters need to be painted periodically and may rust.

Size Considerations

When choosing Gutters in Colorado Springs, those that are larger in diameter are less likely to clog. They can be anywhere from 4 to 6 inches in diameter. If there are trees near the home, wider gutters are particularly important and downspouts should be at least 3-by-4 inch.

Mounting Type

Hangers, brackets or straps are some of the better methods for attaching gutters. A hidden hanger method is one of the best options if there is a rafter tail or fascia that the hangers can be screwed into. If not, straps can be run under the shingles in many cases. There are more options available if you install gutters at the same time as a new roof.

Cost Considerations

Vinyl sections usually cost between $3 and $5 per 10-foot section, not including the fittings. Galvanized steel gutters tend to run between $5.50 and $10 per foot, not including installation. Professionally installed gutters cost from $5 to $9 per foot for aluminum, about $2.50 to $4 per foot for steel and about $9 per foot for faux copper including installation. Real copper gutters run from $15 to $20 per foot.

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