Seamless Gutters: A Basic Explanation for Homeowners

Seamless Gutters

Seamless Gutters:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss seamless gutters and it’s importance for homeowners. If you are in the market for new gutters, you have probably heard a lot of companies advertising ‘seamless gutters’. But you might be asking, what are seamless gutters? And what is on my house right now? Well, our experts here at American Standard Roofing have made things a whole lot easier for you.

Basic Explanation:

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As explained by our team, previously gutters only came in sections. This was so they could be shipped, usually 10 feet long. This means that in order to run gutters the whole length of your home, your contractor would have to hang several sections in a row. In between these pieces, there are seams. If each seam isn’t properly sealed, it will leak water, potentially damaging wood and siding if left unaddressed. These are probably the type that are currently on your home.

Special Gutter Machine:

Gutter Rolling Machine

Our team further explains that many gutter installation companies have a special machine that allows them to actually custom make the gutters at your home. Instead of bringing a bunch of gutter sections with them, they bring a big roll of aluminum and then form each gutter in the exact length needed. This eliminates pesky seams that need maintained and resealed periodically, and also gives your home a more streamlined look. The aluminum comes in many different colors, or it can be custom painted to match your homes exterior.

Price?

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The price for seamless gutters varies greatly across the board. When getting a quote for seamless gutters, you can expect to pay around $7-$10 per linear foot, depending on the difficulty of the job. A home with several levels and a steep roof may run more, while an easy ranch could be a little less.

Regular Gutter Repair:

Finally, our team mentions that if you currently have regular gutters and just need a piece for a repair, you should not worry. Homeowners can still buy individual sections of vinyl or aluminum gutter at your local hardware store.

We’re Here For All Your Gutter Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know the importance of seamless gutters. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.

Clean The Gutters! From the Vault

We all know that we’re supposed to clean and maintain our gutters, but do we know why?


A clean gutter system will channel rain water from your roof, through the down spouts, and safely out away from your home and foundation. When leaves, twigs, and otherdirty-gutters debris begin to build up in your gutters, water flow begins to slow down, sometimes stopping all together.  Rain comes, gutters begin to overflow & dump rain water down the side of your home and right onto your foundation. This can lead to basement leaks, dampness, and mold. Water could also travel down behind your siding and leak in through the wall, ruin ceilings, rot fascia boards, and destroy roofing material.wpid-img_20140430_160553585.jpg


03-ice-damClean gutters are also imperative in the winter. When gutters are full of debris they hold standing water. In the winter, this freezes over and allows ice to build up. Just the weight of the ice can rip gutters and siding off the house. Even worse, ice and melt water can back up under the shingles, causing leaks and interior damage that is not covered by warranty.  This would fall under ice damming, and it is definitely something to watch out for here in Michigan.


So the moral of the story? Clean your gutters! Don’t want to do it yourself? Don’t worry, there are tons on handyman companies that would love to do it for you.


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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors.

We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.

Roof Guttering History: A Glance

Roof Guttering History

Keeping the gutters clean of debris should be any homeowner’s priority. The gutters we see today have been in existence for (believe it or not) centuries. In today’s article our experts over at American Standard Roofing talk about the roof guttering history, how it evolved and how it has become an integral part of the roofing industry. Sit tight, we have an amazing article lined up for our readers!

Our knowledgeable experts have researched well, and created a nice wealth of information for our readers (with interesting trivia as well). We will show the roof guttering history. We will also highlight how gutters were formed, evolved over time along with their modernization.

Roof Guttering History: A Brief Overview

The Harrapa Civilization:

Harrapan drainage system

The earliest form of a gutter on record can be date back to 2600-1700 BC. This is from the Harrapa civilization, a part of Indus Valley civilization. It is in current day Pakistan. The Harrapan’s used toilets linked by drains that were covered with bricks of burnt clay. This civilization was unlike any other at the time with well planned streets, public and private wells, drains, bathing platforms and reservoirs.

The Roman Empire:

Roman Empire

The Roman Empire starts from roughly 27BC – 14AD. The Romans took the roof guttering history and revolutionized it. They created ‘crowns’, slightly elevated center part of the roads. What this would do is take mud and water downhill into the gutters on the side. The gutters would then carry this water runoff away. This helped in eliminating puddles being made in the center of roads.

Roman Conquest of Britain

Roman Conquest of Britian

The conquest of Britain by the Romans was a big step towards evolution of gutters. In 43AD – 47AD Romans brought this roof guttering history to Britain.

Norman Conquest of England:

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The Norman conquest of England was the 11th century invasion and occupation of England by an army of Norman, Breton, and French soldiers led by Duke William II of Normandy, later styled as William the Conqueror. The precise year was 1066 AD. A majority of structures after the invasion were rebuilt with stone roofs and guard rails on roofs called parapets.These rebuilt buildings were mostly churches and residences. There was a Gothic touch to Norman architecture. Our readers can see from the gargoyle gutter in the picture above. This is from Westminster Abbey in modern day UK.

Tower of London downspout:

tower of London downsprout

According to historians, the first even downspout to be installed was in 1240 AD on the Tower of London, as it was whitewashed and the newly painted walls had to be protected from the rain.

Henry the VIII:

Henry VIII

The next significant step in evolution of roofing gutter history occurs under the reign of Henry VIII. In 1536 AD – 1541AD the monarch dissolved all monasteries, This led to a surplus of recycled lead. This is when the local market at the time saw a spike in decorative materials and ornaments for gutters.

American Colonies and Gutters:

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Coming over to this side of the pond, gutters starting gaining popularity in American colonies by 1710AD – 1800AD. They were simple to make. Most commonly found gutter consisted of two wooden boards in a V shape joined to the buildings by wooden pins or cast iron brackets. They later evolved into boards with metal lining. By 1825AD, most buildings started using ‘internal’ downspouts in the taller buildings. This was the first of it’s kind in the roof guttering history. Such downspouts allowed water to be invisibly channeled in underwater drainage system.

Roof Guttering History: 20th century

Advent of Metal Rolling Machines:

Metal Rolling Machines

Metal rolling machines came into the roof guttering history picture from 1900AD – 1925AD. They started gaining popularity in the US very quickly. This machine helped builders in installing different types of steel gutters on the edges of the buildings giving the guttering industry a revolutionized feel.

World War II:

World War 2

World War II had  big role roof guttering history. From 1939AD – 1950AD allies saw accelerated development of plastic. With different types and ranges of plastic available, builders and architects had more options to work with. This is also when plastic became the material of choice for majority of gutters in allied land.

Invention of Aluminum Gutter Machines:

Seamless aluminum gutter machines were invented in 1960AD 1965AD. Needless to say, this is when there were drastic changes to how gutters were being produced. Aluminum is lighter in weight and stronger when compared to steel and other metals. Once they were used as gutters roof gutter history changed forever, and = there was no looking back. A report indicates that in the U.S roughly 70 percent of all gutters today are made from aluminum.

Summary:

So there you have it. As we explained the evolution of gutters above, our readers need to know something important. All of these gutters have one thing in common, they can clog up and stop working.  It is very important to make sure your gutters are properly maintained. Call American Standard Roofing for your maintenance needs.  After all, we install the best gutters money can buy!

A Guide to Right Roof Gutter Sizing For Your Home

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Right roof gutter sizing is essential for efficient rain collection. This is very important for the wetter months of the year and during periods of heavy thunderstorms. Proper roof gutter sizing for your home also requires doing a lot of calculations and adjustments. Fortunately for our readers, we have done all the maths for you guys! You can thank us later. Below is a brief explanation of how to go about properly doing roof gutter sizing.

Gutters for proper roof gutter sizing

There are two most common type of residential gutters that we will talk about in this post for reliable roof gutter sizing:

  1. Five Inch K-style Gutters
  2. Six Inch Half-Round

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These two types are able to handle the rainfall on majority of homes statewide. Houses with big, steep roofs however may need wider gutters and extra downspouts to keep rainwater from overflowing. Same for houses located in areas that receive heavy rainfalls. If you feel your house requires a roof gutter sizing other than these two, please feel free to give us a call. We will gladly guide you in the right direction.

To figure out the right roof gutter sizing, our experts have come up with some math done easy for you. First you’ll need to calculate the square footage of the gutter’s drainage area. For a simple gable-end roof, you would only need to make two calculations, one for each slope. Hip roofs and intersecting roofs have multiple facets. For those you will need to add up the area of each surface within a drainage area to get the total square footage. Area can be calculated by simple calculation of length multiplied by width.

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Next, once you know the total square footage of drainage for each gutter, you’ll need to adjust for the following two factors: roof pitch and maximum rainfall intensity. This is essential for proper roof gutter sizing.

Roof pitch is very important for right roof gutter sizing. The steeper a roof’s pitch, the more windblown rain it can collect. You can measure pitch with a 2-foot level and a tape measure: Hold one end of the level against the roof, level it, and then measure the distance between the roof and the underside of the level at its midpoint, which gives you a 12-inch run. A 5-inch gap, for instance, is a 5-in-12 pitch. Once you know pitch, you can find your roof-pitch factor in the table below.

Pitch                                 Pitch factor
12 in 12 or higher                  1.3
9 in 12 to 11 in 12                  1.2
6 in 12 to 8 in 12                    1.1
4 in 12 to 5 in 12                    1.05
Flat to 3 in 12                          1

Maximum rainfall intensity is also an important factor in determining the right roof gutter sizing. The U.S. Weather Bureau maintains records for rainfall in inches (per hour) for different areas. This is basically the maximum amount of rain that can fall in 5 minutes. From an installer’s perspective, the gutter size will be big or small depending on the rainfall. This will help prevent the gutter from overflowing and taking more load than it should.The higher the amount of rain, the bigger a gutter has to be.

Finally, comes the step for sizing the gutters. To do that simply multiply drainage area calculated earlier by roof-pitch factor and rainfall intensity. After you have calculated the square footage, use following calculations: for a 5-inch K-Style gutter, the square footage should be up to 5,500 sq.ft and for a 6-inch K-Style gutter the square footage should be upto 7,900  sq ft. For Half Rounds, 5-inch should be used for up to 2500 sq feet and 6-inch for up to 3,840 sq ft.  If these calculations seem a little complex, consider this: if roof’s drainage areas call for different size gutters, go for the biggest one.

For effortless roof gutter sizing our experts also recommend using 7 or 8 inch gutters if you live in an area with heavy downpour. They will probably require professional installation. That said, they will be noticeably better in handling the excessive water.

Remember to give us a call for your roof gutter sizing needs. We have been in the business for over 36 years and we stand behind our work. Our professionals take pleasure in providing quality service and products. We meet or beat any quotes from our competition.