Vinyl Gutters

Rain gutters are essential to help direct rain water away from the foundation of your home, which may prevent moisture problems in your home's basement or crawl-space. Rain gutters also keep water from dripping off your roof and splashing onto the siding of your house. Durable vinyl gutters can be installed by a competent homeowner with some DIY skills and tools. They are widely available at home improvement warehouses and hardware stores.

If you are going to install vinyl gutters on your house, it's easiest to work with the type available in sections that usually measure ten feet long. You can connect several sections of gutter to accommodate longer runs, and you must slope the runs toward the downspouts, which direct rain water from the gutters to drains or diversion pipes at ground level. Vinyl gutters attach to your home's fascia trim or rafter tails with clips that are spaced every 24 inches.

Seamless rain gutters are another type of vinyl gutter; however, they must be installed by a contractor who has a gutter-fabricating machine. With this specialized tool, vinyl gutters can be made to fit your house perfectly, without seams or joints. Seamless gutters are available in more colors than sectional options.

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