Rain gutters in Florida are a good investment when it rains over 50 inches a year. Here on Southwest Florida, most of this rain falls in a five to six month period. As they say, when it rains it pours, and that couldn’t be more true. Let’s look at some benefits and reasons to consider rain gutters to help you make a good decision.
Are Rain Gutters In Florida Different?
While concept and overall design of rain gutters are the same just about everywhere in the world there are some differences. When it rains here, the amount of rain falling can quickly overflow small gutters. In some parts of the country houses may use a three or four inch gutter. Now this measurement is across to top of the gutter.
When large amounts of rainfall, the water can quickly fill these gutter and cause them to overflow before the water can get out through the downspout. For that reason most companies install five, six and seven inch gutters. The downspouts also are offered in larger sizes to allow the water to exit the gutter faster.
What Are Seamless Gutters?
Many companies promote they install seamless gutters. While there has been some advances made with seamless gutters, they have been the same for over 50 years. If you order gutters from a warehouse the gutters will be cut to the longest length possible to ship. This means gutters will typically be cut at 20 feet or so.
Seamless Gutter companies here in Southwest Florida bring the machines to you. When they install seamless gutters on your house, they will bring a roll of aluminum coil and form the gutters on site. This means the length of gutter is not limited, so long stretches of gutters are “seamless” between the corners.
Less seams, is less chance for leaks and drips. Of course the corners have seams, and are usually hand cut and sealed by a very talented onsite fabricator.
Of What Are Rain Gutters in Florida Made?
Rain gutters in Florida are formed from aluminum coil. The gutter material is painted from the factory with a baked on finish. There are over 20 different colors to choose. This factory paint generally comes with a 20 year or more warranty. Make sure you ask your contractor for all your warranty information.
If you want to paint your gutters or downspouts to match your house you certainly can. Keep in mind if you do, your paint contractor or the pain manufacture will need to stand behind the paint. Once you paint over the factory paint, the original warranty will not be valid. With the harsh weather here in Florida, gutter paint from the aluminum coil manufacturer will stand up to the elements and last for many many years.
Rain Gutters In Florida Not Required
When building a home in Florida you may notice that some builder include rain gutters and some do not. Rain gutters can always be added after your home is completed. If you decide to get rain gutters added to your home while it is being built, it’s possible to get a better installation and one that includes a better warranty.
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