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How to Install a Rain Gutter

Rain gutters and downspouts are designed to divert and carry rainwater away from the foundation of your house, which helps maintain the integrity of its construction. They prevent soil erosion, damage to siding, and basement leaks. With a bit of effort and the right tools, you can install your gutters without hiring a contractor.

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what is rain gutter?

A rain gutter, eavestrough or surface water collection channel is a component of a water discharge system for a building.[1] It is necessary to prevent water dripping or flowing off roofs in an uncontrolled manner for several reasons: to prevent it damaging the walls, drenching persons standing below or entering the building, and to direct the water to a suitable disposal site where it will not damage the foundations of the building. In the case of a flat roof, removal of water is clearly essential to prevent water ingress and to prevent a build-up of excessive weight.

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How to Measure Gutter Size – Maryland

Whether you want to replace your existing gutters or add gutters to a new home, you’ll need to know the right measurements. Fortunately, you can easily measure existing gutters yourself if you need to replace them. To choose the right size gutters for a building that doesn’t already have them, you can quickly calculate the drainage area of the roof and adjust for pitch and rainfall to find the adjusted square footage. You only need a ladder, chalk, tape measure, level, paper, and pen!

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What are seamless gutters?

Seamless rain gutters are just as the name implies – seamless. There isn’t a break in the gutter.

How do seamless gutters differ from sectional gutters?

Since there is no seam, there are no leaks. This is why they are the most popular type of gutter today. The only seams are at inside and outside corners. C & C seamless gutters are siliconed, screwed and warranted for five years not to leak.

Seamless gutters are usually made from aluminum, but they can be made from copper. They are made with a seamless gutter machine that is brought to your home by the gutter contractor. Each individual gutter is customized to fit your home.

With a conventional sectional gutter system there are many sections of guttering all pieced together by snap-in-place connectors. Over time these sections form leaks in the seams and can cause wood rot behind the gutter.

What are the advantages of seamless gutters?

Advantages of seamless rain gutters:

  • Greatly reduces the possibility of leaks
  • Eliminates unsightly seams
  • Baked on enamel finish never needs painting
  • Formed on the job for exact measurements
  • All jobs completed in one day
  • Protects the beauty of your home
  • Many colors to choose from