Rain Gutters

rain gutters
Ogee Gutters
Half Round Gutters

General Information

There are many different styles of rain gutters. Although not all styles are available in all materials. On the west coast the most popular gutter is the Seamless Fascia Gutter. The other 47 states are Ogee Gutters and in these states most have never heard of a Fascia Gutter style. These two different styles of rain gutters are installed differently. Ogee gutters should be pitched while Fascia gutters should not. Since 47 states have never heard of Fascia gutters, they tend to say "All gutters should be installed with a pitch". Some even take it a step futher and say "Gutters installed without a pitch are installed incorrectly". This can give home owners on the west coast misinformation about Fascia Gutters installed on their homes.

When building a home the common practice is after building the roof, the contractor would install fascia boards on the ends of the rafter tails to protect the rafter ends from dry-rot. Then install a Ogee style rain gutter to the fascia boards. The Ogee style gutter has been used for hundreds of years on homes all over the world. These Ogee gutters are small in size and should be pitched to direct water towards the downspouts for proper drainage.

Around 45 years ago a contractor on the west coast building track homes, had this idea in make a rain gutter large enough to cover the rafter tails eliminating the need for installing fascia boards. This would cut the costs in materials and labor, while increasing profits. A new style of gutter was born with a name to fit, Fascia Gutters. Fascia Gutters are much larger, have a deep bottom and can handle higher volumes of water. Fascia gutters offer a better curb appeal, while increasing the function of the rain gutter much better than the smaller Ogee style.

Although these gutters should not be installed the same way. When home builders install fascia boards, they are installed with the roofline as level as possible to make the home look plum and square. When installing Fascia Gutters this same practice must be used as the fascia gutter has replaced the need for fascia boards. If your home has fascia gutters without fascia boards, your home was built using this process. Despite what most people think, Fascia Gutters should NOT be installed with a pitch. They should be installed with the roofline, plum and level as possible. Downspouts should be placed at low areas for proper drainage. 

When installing Ogee style gutters a metal flashing must be installed under the roof and into the gutter to keep water from running behind the gutter. Although if the gutter fills with water, water can still run behind the gutter in between the flashing. Fascia gutters went a step further by having this flashing or "Wing" built into the gutter eliminating the need for additional flashing and eliminating the chance of water running behind the gutter. This built-in flashing or "Wing" does not allow the gutter to be pitched. As it must lay flat on the roofs deck. View Example The Ogee Gutter does not have this "Wing" which allows it to be pitched. For more information see Sloping Gutters

Box Gutters

Box Gutter

Box Gutters come in many different sizes but 5-inch and 6-inch are the most common. These gutters are mainly used in Commercial applications, metal buildings, or barns. They can move a lot of water and normally have a large 3 x 4 downspout for drainage.

  • Materials: Aluminum, Steel, Galv, Bond, and Copper
  • Water Volume: 5-inch 1-1/2 Gal. per ft, 6-inch 2 Gal. per ft
  • Max Roof Size: 5-inch 6270 sq ft, 6-inch 7250 sq ft
  • Seamless: Yes, but hard to find

5 inch Half Round Gutters

Half Round Gutter

Half Round Gutters come in many different sizes but 5-inch and 6-inch are the most common. Half Round is most popular using copper materials. These gutters add a big curb appeal to the house. Offering a higher standard above the rest. These gutters will last 40+ years. They offer many decorative accessories to go along with them, including copper leader-heads/scuppers, downspout chains and much more. The accessories alone can almost double the entire gutter job price.

  • Materials: Aluminum, Steel, Galv, Bond, and Copper
  • Water Volume: 5-inch 1/2 Gal. per ft
  • Max Roof Size: 5-inch 1870 sq ft
  • Seamless: Yes, but hard to find

6 inch Half Round Gutters

Half Round Gutter

Half Round Gutters come in many different sizes but 5-inch and 6-inch are the most common. Half Round is most popular using copper materials. These gutters add a big curb appeal to the house, to a higher standard above the rest. These gutters will last 40+ years. They offer many decorative accessories to go along with them, including copper leader-heads/scuppers, downspout chains and much more. The accessories alone can almost double the entire gutter job price.

  • Materials: Aluminum, Steel, Galv, Bond, and Copper
  • Water Volume:6-inch 1 Gal. per ft
  • Max Roof Size:6-inch 3650 sq ft
  • Seamless: Yes, but hard to find
 
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5 inch OGee Gutters

5in Ogee

5 inch Ogee gutter is the most common. 5-inch Ogee Gutter is a lot smaller than 5 1/4" Fascia gutter even though they are both called 5-inch gutters. Fascia is measured by the depth of the gutter while Ogee is measured from the width of the gutter. Ogee gutters should only be installed over fascia boards. The gutter itself is not deep enough to cover the bottoms of the rafter tails.

  • Materials:Aluminum, Steel, Galv, Bond, and Copper
  • Water Volume: 1.2 Gal. per ft
  • Max Roof Size: 4680 sq ft
  • Seamless: All materials except Bonderized
 

6 inch OGee Gutters

6in Ogee

6 inch Ogee gutters are big enough to handle the same load as a fascia gutter. They can hold twice the volume as a 5 inch Ogee. Ogee is more of your vintage roman ogee style or Victorian style with the fancy curves. Ogee gutters should only be installed over fascia boards. The gutter itself is not deep enough to cover the bottoms of the rafter tails.

  • Materials: Aluminum, Steel, Galv, Bond, and Copper
  • Water Volume: 2 Gal. per ft
  • Max Roof Size: 7040 sq ft
  • Seamless: All materials except Bonderized

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