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Replacing Your Gutters: What You Need to Know

A functioning gutter system protects your home from water damage. When it is past its service life and showing signs of damage, replacing it as soon as possible is imperative. Knowing the right replacement, however, can be confusing. With so many types, materials and configurations, choosing the one that best fits your home requires making an informed decision.

Replacing Your Gutters: What You Need to Know

John Peters Roofing, home of your local roof replacement pros, provides you a simple guide to getting your new gutter system.

Gutter Material

Before you begin shopping for gutters, it is important to decide which type of material best fits your needs. Vinyl, for instance, is an inexpensive option that doesn’t rust or rot. The same can be said for aluminum, but its light weight is the reason it is a popular gutter material.
When durability is a priority for your new gutters, choose steel. It is strong enough to stand up to ladders and debris from trees. Copper, meanwhile, exudes beauty and elegance that fits well with high-end or traditional home styles.

Gutter Type

Having chosen the type of material, it’s time to choose the type that will be installed on a roofing system. Basically, there are two types of gutters—sectional and seamless. The former is pieced together to form a gutter system complete with such components as end caps, corner pieces and drop outlets connected to downspouts.

The latter, meanwhile, consists of a single gutter that runs continuously along the roofline. Often custom-sized and manufactured on-site, the lack of seams in this gutter system makes it unlikely to suffer from leaks.

Gutter Shape

Gutter systems come in either K-style or a U-style known as a half-round gutter. The former presents a modern look and is a common configuration used in many gutter replacements and installations. The latter takes on the traditional look, particularly when copper is used as a material.

When looking for “roofing near me” on the web, be sure to consider John Peters Roofing. In addition to being licensed roofers, we are also gutter installation specialists. We offer seamless aluminum gutters as well as other guttering options, including those for old, historic homes.

Call (317) 981-6300 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve Indianapolis residents.