Gutters and downspouts are a vital part to any building as they will channel and lead any excess water away from the building itself. This is in done in order to avoid damp and other water damage. Gutters and downspouts can be found in different designs and in different materials – aluminium, galvanised steel and vinyl being the main ones but in some areas you can find gutters made from either copper or wood. This is quite unusual though.
Hangers are what gutters are connected to and the hangers in turn, are attached to the building itself. You can get different types of hangers and the most common ones are: bracket hangers, strap hangers and spike-and-ferrule hangers. In this article I will tell you a bit more about these three types of hangers.
When it comes to bracket hangers, they are best nailed into the fascia board of a building. They support your gutter in one out of two ways. This can be done via either an internal clip or through an external band.
Strap hangers are also nailed down but rather than nailing them to the fascia, they are nailed into the roof itself, underneath the roofing materials. It is best if these are installed before any starter courses in either new tile or new wood roofs. When it comes to asphalt roofs, they can be fastened after the shingles have been laid and this is thanks to the bottom tabs being easily lifted, allowing you to can install hangers.
The most commonly used hangers, and also the simplest of them all, are the spike-and-ferrule hangers. They are fastened into the fascia with spikes that goes through drilled holes in the gutters and through a sleeve. The negative thing about spike-and-ferrule hangers is that they do not do great with weight, meaning that they will give out quicker than the other two brackets when it comes to the additional weight of snow and ice.
It is very important that your gutters, downspouts and brackets are correctly installed. If this is not done correctly, they can otherwise cause water to pool in places, rather than coming off the roof. If this is the case you might notice damp patches or even water leaks in some places. However, once you are confident that they have been installed correctly, make sure that they are cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. This is to get the best possible lifespan out of them and to prevent water damage to your house. Remember – always contact a professional if you need assistance.