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Gutters keep water away from the roof, and they protect the home's foundation and siding. Landscaping also benefits when water is redirected away from plants and trees during heavy rainfall. Having new gutters installed is a wise investment, but determining which gutter is best takes a little consideration. What homeowners already have might not be the best choice. Looking at current options will help ensure that a homeowner's money is being well spent.

Installing a gutter isn't difficult when homeowners turn to a River Oaks roofing company. Hiring a contractor is important whether homeowners need a single run around the eaves or they have a project that is more complex. The biggest concern is the amount of water the gutter can handle. Areas that receive heavy downpours in a short period of time need larger and stronger gutters than areas that have a more evenly distributed precipitation pattern.

As water hits the roof, it runs down the slope and into the gutter. The gutter escorts the water to the corner of the house when it is funneled into the downspout and away from the home. The gutters and downspouts can be made of vinyl, galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum or copper.

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Stainless steel gutters are strong and resist rusting. They will look nice for many years. Since they are more expensive, most homeowners go with aluminum or galvanized steel instead. Steel will withstand the abuses of heavy ladders and falling tree branches better than aluminum, but it's more likely to rust.

While slightly more costly, aluminum resists rusting. That can be important in wet areas and if downspouts become frequently clogged with wet leaves and debris. It's a good idea to go with the thickest metal that one can afford. Recycled aluminum products can have inconsistent thicknesses. For that reason, some homeowners prefer vinyl gutters, but vinyl tends to become brittle in the cold.

In addition, homeowners also need to think about the size and shape of the gutter. There are U shapes, K configurations and box styles. K shape styles are more common, but the larger the gutter and downspout channel, the more water it will be able to handle. That can be important in wet climates.

The prevalence of leaves is also an important consideration. The larger the diameter of the downspout, the less likely it will become clogged. Homeowners still have to keep the gutters and downspouts cleaned out regularly, but large diameter gutters can make clogs easier to control.

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