M&M Gutters & Exteriors
The purpose of rain gutters is to capture water that comes off the roof and to help divert it away from the foundation to prevent leaking. Rain gutters also provide many other important functions, such as:
- Protecting the walls of the home.
- Preventing large icicles from forming.
- Preventing water and ice on doorsteps and walkways.
- Protect fascia and soffit from rotting.
- Prevent foundation damage and leaks.
- Protect landscape from forming a trench line.
Installing rain gutters with leaf guards in Utah is particularly important because of the state’s climate, where winters can be harsh with snow and ice, and the summers can be hot and dry. Contact M&M to get the rain gutters installation process started and protect your home.
Types of Gutters
Rain gutters come in several varieties to suit different home sizes and roof types. Each style of
gutter has unique benefits.
K-style gutters are typically the most common rain gutters in Utah and come in the standard 5-inch size and a larger 6-inch size. Half-round gutters have a more rounded profile that not only increases water flow but also adds elegance to the exterior design. Copper, which is known for its long-term durability, is also a sophisticated option. And lastly, commercial custom box gutters are usually found on commercial properties but can be made to the property owner’s unique specifications. We elaborate on each gutter type below.
K-Style Rain Gutters
K-style rain gutters somewhat resemble the letter K when viewed from the side.
K-style gutters are on the majority of homes in Utah. They’re called K-style gutters because they resemble the letter K when viewed from the side. These seamless gutter systems are an economical way to add value to your home while protecting it. M&M Gutters offers this K style in two sizes, 5′′ and 6′′, with 5′′ being standard on most residential homes. Homeowners can choose from aluminum, steel, galvanized, and copper.
Half-round gutters, shaped like a tube cut in half, carry water very effectively.
Half-round gutters add a classic and elegant look to most homes. These gutters have been around for centuries, and some consider them to be the superior gutter system. The rounded profile allows half-round gutters to increase the water flow out of the gutter — unlike the K-style, which will have residual water remaining. Half-round gutters are available in aluminum, steel, galvanized, and copper.
M&M Gutters has installed thousands of feet of half-round gutters on homes and many different historical sites throughout Utah.
Copper gutters are our specialty. Copper is known for its durability over long periods and can also add elegance and sophistication to your home. It can increase property value and is aesthetically appealing. We offer copper gutters in K-style, half-round, and box style. If you want to install copper on your home, call our professional team for a high-quality install.
Commercial Custom Box Gutters
Box gutters are made according to the specifications of the building and can be made in many different sizes and designs. This type of gutter is typically found on commercial buildings or older buildings. One of the most significant benefits of box gutters is that they can come in thicker metals than standard-formed gutters. The gutter size can also be much larger to capture all the water that comes off the roof. Box gutter systems can be formed to go entirely under the roofing system to ensure a sturdy installation.
To give you some basic familiarity with gutters, here are some basic gutter components to recognize.
Parts of A Gutter System
Gutter systems are made of several components that direct water away from your home and
prevent damage to its structural integrity. Some of the primary features of a gutter system
include the following:
- Rain gutters: These are the parts that probably come to mind when you think about gutters; they’re the long, narrow channels that collect rainwater and span the edge of your roof.
- Inside corner: This pre-formed metal piece fits over the gutter’s edge to connect two inner sections of the channel.
- Outside corner: Like the inside corner, the outside corner connects two outer gutter sections and is fastened in place with screws or rivets.
- End caps: These seal the ends of the gutters to keep water from escaping.
- Downspouts: The downspouts are vertical pieces that connect to the horizontal gutters and transport water to the ground.
- Drop outlet: This component connects rain gutters to downspouts at the bottom of a gutter’s vertical section. It has a round or rectangular opening for the downspout to fit into.
- Elbows: These curved devices connect downspouts to gutters, allowing the water to change directions.
- Splash blocks: These are flat pieces located underneath downspouts that keep water away from your home’s foundation.
- Hangers: Hangers are brackets that connect gutters to the roofline for support.
- Strap: This metal strip supports the weight of the gutter.
- Leaf screen: Also known as a leaf guard or gutter guard, this component keeps leaves and other debris from getting into the gutter system and creating blockages.
- Bracket hanger: This device supports the weight of the gutter from within and is fastened to rafter tails or the fascia board.
- Spike and ferrule: This is a traditional mechanism for hanging gutters. The spike, a long, pointed metal rod, goes through the front of the gutter into the fascia board. The ferrule is a tube-like mechanism inserted into the back of the gutter for support to prevent a collapse around the spike.
As you consider the right size of gutter system for your home, you’ll want to factor in your roof size, roof pitch, and average rainfall in your area. The most common gutter sizes typically include 5-inch, 6-inch, K-style, and half-round gutters, which come in various sizes. Work with our professional gutter installation team at M&M to determine which gutter size is best for your house.
What Type of Rain Gutters Are Best?
The best rain gutters in Utah for your home depend on your budget, roof type, and aesthetic preferences. K-style gutters are a cost-effective option that will fit most roofs. If aesthetics are your primary goal, copper or half-round gutters might be a better option, but they’re more of an investment than K-style. If your home or business is uniquely shaped and requires custom gutters, you’re best off with custom box gutters. Consult with an M&M gutter specialist for help narrowing down your options and get professional rain gutters installation.
Rain Gutter Installation in Salt Lake City
M&M Gutters has installed thousands of feet of rain gutters in Utah on residential and commercial properties. We understand the unique challenges of Utah’s climate and can provide advice on the best gutter types to use for specific homes and regions in Utah. We also offer leaf gutter guards to help prevent debris from blocking the system.
If you live in Salt Lake City, request our rain gutter installation services to help protect your home from water damage. We offer competitive pricing and use high-quality materials to ensure optimal performance in Utah’s harsh weather conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about their rain gutter installation services in Salt Lake City.
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