can I use gutters with a metal roof?

Old 12-03-08, 03:50 PM
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can I use gutters with a metal roof?

We recently had a metal roof put on our house. We had shingles before with gutters. We had water come into the basement until the gutters were installed. We live in upstate NY - snow!! With the amount of snow that slides off the new metal roof, can I install my gutters again? Or will the snow rip them down? I can't say as I've ever seen a house with a metal roof have gutters.
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quick answer is yes. if you are concerned about the snow, then you can either add a solid leaf guard topper and the snow will slide right over the top of the gutter or have the metal roof company install snow blocks that break up the snow as it slides off. this will not work as with metal roofing that is designed to look like shingles versus metal panels (standing seam and the like).
Old 12-03-08, 05:42 PM
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Just wondering...I thought many houses in snow country had things to keep the snow and ice from sliding off, since it could be dangerous if a large amount with ice under it fell all at once?

Anyone out there know what I'm talking about?
Old 12-03-08, 08:59 PM
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they are called ice guards, in some areas are code.
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Yes to gutters and metal roof.

Try to hang the gutters below the roof plane to protect from sliding snow and ice. You can also use a gutter cover and snow guards as in the photo below.

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