Need help with gutter planning


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Old 02-16-08, 11:49 AM
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Need help with gutter planning

Situation: small ranch style house and 2 outbuildings in Mountain View, CA (between San Francisco and San Jose). All one story. Roofs have comp shingles with fairly low to moderate pitch (about 4/12).

Currently we have fairly standard metal gutters with the ďogeeĒ like profile. The gutters are pretty rusty, with substantial streaking on the downspouts. We are replacing the shingles (one building at a time) and should probably do the gutters as well.

What are the good options?

The same style gutter that we have now is available at the homecenters and I suspect I could install it myself.

The homecenter also has vinyl, but I suspect that would not last as well and would require many supports.

One option that seems to be popular in the area is a deep gutter with a flat ďfaceĒ, so that the gutter ends up looking like a facia board. Itís a clean look and I like it. Iím guessing that these are usually formed on-site with truck mounted equipment, so itís a pro job. Is that right?

Does this style need to be installed before the shingles? For that matter, what are the pros and cons of doing the gutter before the shingles? I do like the idea of having the dripedge end inside the gutter instead of potentially allowing water between the gutter and facia.

Are there other options I should consider for efficient and long lasting gutters with a neat and tidy appearance?

Any hints on finding a good gutter person if I need a pro? I am planning to do the shingles myself.

-- Rich
 
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Old 02-16-08, 12:40 PM
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Yes gutters are a Diy job for sure. But Id have a gutter company put them up as they can do it in one piece. Works out a lot better for you.. Now do the roof first and with the metal drip edge. This way the ladders dont screw up the gutter. If you have to pitch the gutter down and out from under the drip edge. You can slip a metal flashing from it to down in the gutter. Go for metal gutters for sure. Not any PVC kind at all. Stay with the OGee kind you have now. Make sure you have enough down spouts for the gutter That way you dont need a big pitch on them.
 
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Old 02-17-08, 11:56 AM
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Thanks for the info, Ed!

Why do you recommend the pseudo-ogee style over the flat & deep (facia-like) style?

-- Rich
 
 

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