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Also known as an eavestrough or rain catcher, a gutter catches rain water and channels it away from the foundation of the building. Gutters channel rainwater through downspouts. Most gutters, apart from LeafGuard, are open to the environment, which means that, along with water, they also collect leaves, acorns, pine needles and other debris that can clog them up and interfere with their proper function.

Not only can a clogged rain gutter allow water to overflow and endanger the house, landscaping and basement, but this accumulated litter can also pose a fire hazard during the warmer and drier months of the year. In most of the country, homeowners can probably get away with clearing out gutters once a year. Raleigh roofing, battered by frequent hurricanes and storms that often deposit more than the usual amount of leafy debris, may need more frequent gutter maintenance.

Rain gutters are made from a variety of different materials and in different shapes. The shape of a gutter is referred to as its profile, the most common of which is the open gutter. Open guttering is sold to the DIY enthusiast in standard lengths or, in the professional roofing market, as continuous rolls of seamless guttering that must be installed by a roofing contractor.

Gutters are most commonly made from aluminum, vinyl, steel, copper or zinc although wooden gutters do exist.

The roofing company experts at Otto's Exteriors of Raleigh can assist you with any questions regarding gutters or metal roofing.

Aluminum gutters are the most popular. They come in several different thicknesses, are available in different colors, never rust and may be painted.

Steel gutters are also used although care must be taken to maintain them properly in order to avoid rust and corrosion. Galvalume is a type of steel that is coated with an alloy of zinc and aluminum. Galvanized and stainless steel are also used to manufacture gutters. Steel is strong but also very heavy. These gutters should generally be installed by an experienced roofing contractor.

Copper gutters are extremely durable and look beautiful in support of a copper roof. Because they cost three times as much as other materials, they are usually only used in classic restorations. Copper gutters vary in color from green to brownish green as they age. Because the joints need to be soldered, they should only be installed by a qualified contractor.

Wood gutters are very attractive but need a lot of treatment with paint or other coatings to make them waterproof. For this reason, they are generally used in restoration work. Early wooden gutters were made out of old growth cedar, and today they are mainly made from either hemlock or new growth cedar.

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