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Question DetailsAsked on 5/4/2017

Gutter gauge for Osterville maBest Gutter type and gauge for a house in Osterville Ma?

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


You can find a lot of comments on gutters (and gutter guards) in the Home > Gutters link under Browse Projects, at lower left.

While I personally recommend vinyl (Genova Raingo in particular) in all but the most severe blazing sun conditions (basically deserts and West Texas and very high elevations and so forth where the ultraviolet prematurley ages the plastic), if going with aluminum or steel at least go with one gauge thicker than the most common weight commonly available - and preferably the heaviest if using aluminum in potential icing country - which I don't know might apply to you, maybe not since you are in the maritime part of the state. Note that a steel gutter of a given thickness is quite a bit more resistant to weather and ladder damage than the equivalent aluminum one - the "standard" thickness is pretty weak in aluminum.

With aluminum gutters or thin steel ones (the Raingo plastic can usually take a ladder with a man on it if not laid too flat) I recommend having them build a painted ladder brace at a convenient and not too unsightly place for getting onto the roof - basically a 2x4 bracket fastened to the underside of the eave joists/rafters and sticking out with a slightly more than ladder width crosspiece and slightly protruding arms (to prevent side-slipping) sticking out enough that a ladder does not actually touch the gutter.

[Note in metal gauges the higher the number, the THINNER the material - so 20 gauge is thicker than 22 gauge, for instance].

Here is a link to a good summary of the materials and shapes of common gutters:

Commonly available metal weights (varies somewhat by locale) -

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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