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Gutter Repair, Installation and Upgrade

Gutters June 21, 2006 Sonia

DIY Gutters and Downspouts


Guttering is an often overlooked, but very essential building product. Degraded or missing guttering can cause serious damage to landscaping, allow rainwater to get into basements and crawlspaces, and ruin fascia boards and siding. Guttering repair and/or installation is fairly easy, however, it usually requires ladder work, which many folks just don’t like. Ladder work can be dangerous if you don’t work carefully and safely.

Guttering Types

Guttering is available in several materials, types and sizes. Aluminum is the most common gutter material and aluminum gutters are available in continuous or seamless designs, or in sections that are joined together. Aluminum seamless guttering is commonly installed by dealers, using a machine to extrude the guttering on the jobsite. For example, Classic Gutter Co. ( has specialized in seamless aluminum gutters for 21 years, offering more than 20 available colors.

Sectional gutters, available at building supply dealers and stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, are 10-feet in length. Longer lengths are available for custom orders, but will need some means of transporting them to the jobsite. Aluminum sectional guttering can be installed by do-it-yourselfers.

Vinyl guttering has become increasingly popular because it will not rust, chip, dent, crush or leak. There is no need to paint—brown and white are the most commonly available colors in both aluminum and vinyl guttering. Vinyl guttering is also available in 10-foot sections and installation is an easy homeowner chore. Rain Master or TuffFlo vinyl guttering systems, from Euramax Canada, Inc. ( are UV protected and guaranteed not to crack, peel or corrode. This system also utilizes vinyl joiners, end caps, corners, drops and other fittings with patented seals that eliminate the need for caulking and sealants.

Copper and galvanized metal guttering are also available and are high-end products, typically contractor installed. Berger Building Products ( is our sister company that has a plethora of copper gutter products that are contractor installed.

The Rainhandler ( gutters feature a unique, patented louver design that allows leaves and debris to wash away. The Rainhandler self-cleaning system eliminates clogged, overflowing gutters and downspouts. Also, there are no more destructive ice dams. Rain runoff is converted to a 2- to 3-foot wide band of soft, rain-sized droplets that sprinkle the landscape.

The typical components of a vinyl guttering installation. (Courtesy GSW Rain Master)


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