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Question DetailsAsked on 12/19/2016

how can I verify if the newly replaced front gutters has the same gauge thickness as my original rear gutters ?

I need a company who is qualified to give a written certification the gauge thickness of the newly installed aluminum gutters fronting the house and the gauge thickness of the original rear aluminum gutters. I want to be sure that I am not being short changed since they damaged the original front gutters while doing roof replacement on this same property. This single family house was a MODEL HOME and I am the original owner up to present.
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Well - depending on how weighty an authority you want - in progression, you could buy a 1" dial micrometer for about $10 and measure it yourself and let the vendor argue your measurement if they want to come measure it, if you are not afraid of ladders and have one available. Be aware the downspout and gutters may be different gages, so just measuring the downspout metal thickness might not do the job - also be sure to measure the normal metal thickness, not any doubled-over crimped end or edge thickness.

Otherwise, in increasing "authority" I would rank people to do this as Handyman, Auto mechanic, Home Inspector, or professional Civil Engineer - and about $50-75 minimum to about $150-250 for a site visit, at those extreme ends. If it came to court only the engineer's measurement and mayve a mechanic's would likely be considered as "expert", but if it comes to that a sample could be cut out of the gutter to take into court to be measured before the judge/jury - can't imagine it would ever get that far though.

Note you would want at least 3 measurements at different spots and 5 would be statistically better, because the thickness will vary a bit during manufacturing (especially with cheap gutter stock) and the forming process (if gutters formed on-site) can also make slightly thinner and thicker spots in it. Because gutters (assuming you mean aluminum) commonly come in 19, 22, 24, 27, and 32 thousandths of an inch thickness, would require a micrometer accurate to thousandths of an inch - not a particularly accurate one, but more accuracy is needed to measure between the different thicknesses than a cheap plastic slide vernier caliper to achieve without room for argument, since their normally 2-8 thousandth's accuracy would leave room for argument as to which thickness the gutter was, with only 2-5 thousandths difference between different weights of material.

You are looking to measure new front against old back thickness - bear in mind unless there is something saying they were going to replace the front gutter with the same or thicker material, the measurement itself will probably mean nothing by itself lacking that sort of agreement.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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