Gutter Hangers are the supporting structure of a gutter system. They make up the components of the gutter system and they decide the durability of your gutter. A good gutter system won’t serve you well if the gutter hanger holding it is not the best quality. This entails that the type of gutter hanger you install is just as essential as the gutter itself. In this article we would be exploring the types of gutter hangers that exist and help you choose the best one should the need be.
Installing the best gutter hanger should be your priority and that is where I have you covered. In this article, I have compiled the best gutter hangers you can install in your house and be sure of maximum satisfaction and durability. These hangers include:
This type of gutter hanger is installed in the center of the gutter trough. They are not visible on the outside and hence they don’t interrupt the exterior design of the roof. Hidden Hangers suit k-style gutters properly which is the most common type of gutter found in houses. This is why it is the most preferred among installers. They also have the ability to handle heavy rainfall. Hidden Hangers are placed horizontally and screwed to the fascia board from the inside. This gives a roof a seamless appearance.
Spikes and Ferrules:
The ferrules (metal tubes) are screwed through the sides of the gutter trough. Then the spike is driven into the fascia board. This type of hanger is also known as the “screws and ferrules”. Spikes and Ferrules are not expensive, easy to install, and must not be installed by a professional. Although caution is required during installation to avoid the fascia board from splitting. To avoid damage, you can hire a professional to do the job. The disadvantage of installing this type of hanger is it makes your gutter prone to leakage and it shortens the lifespan of your fascia board. Another is, that it gets easily damaged by snow.
Brackets and Straps
Popularly known as Exposed Straps and Bracket. The U-shaped nature of this gutter hanger offers the gutter trough quality support underneath. Unlike the spikes and ferrules, the chances of leaks are low. They are usually installed on half-rounded gutters. They are also good for houses situated in areas of high rainfall. It is best to hire a professional to clean your gutters if this is the hanger you wish to install since during cleaning there is a high chance of it falling off if care is not taken. It also has the potential to resist any weather and this is why it is also recommended by installers.
T-strap or T-Bar Hangers
This hanger looks pretty similar to hidden hangers but the difference is the metal straps in T-strap hangers are screwed in vertically to the roof deck while hidden hangers’ metal strap is screwed in horizontally to the fascia. T-Bar hangers have no business with the fascia of a roof. Like the Hidden hangers, T-Strap hangers are durable and do not interfere with the exterior design of the roof. They are also very easy to install.
Hangers secured to the fascia board
As the name implies, it is screwed to the fascia board. The distinctive quality of this hanger is it is suitable for both k-style gutters and half rounded gutters. It is screwed into the gutters with a long screw or spike which creates a deep support system. The outward end leads to the gutter’s top lip and the hollow piece of the outward end is where the long screw is driven into. Its fastener covers a good amount of the gutter’s trough offering more stability to the gutter.
Although wrap-around hangers are a combination of brackets and straps and T-hangers, it is stronger and more reliable than them. As the name describes, it is wrapped around the entire gutter and fixed to the roof. Wrap-around hangers are the best for homes situated in areas where there are heavy rainfalls due to their ability to withstand the heaviest rainfall. It can only be installed by professionals.
Hangers secured to the sub-roof
This hanger is fixed directly to your roof, under the shingles, and like the T-strap hanger, it has no business with the fascia. Only an expert can install them because of their complicated installment procedures.
4 materials are used in building gutter hangers.
Gutter hangers can be constructed with different materials. The material used in building a gutter hanger is what defines how long it will last. Therefore, the material a gutter hanger is made of must be put into consideration when making a purchase. Some main materials used in building gutter hangers include:
It is widely used in the construction of gutter hangers because it is cheap and lightweight and can resist corrosion. The downside to it is it can expand and contract depending on the climatic condition and this could put the gutter at risk.
Stainless steel is usually mistaken for silver. It is beautiful, shiny, and strong and can withstand any temperature. It hardly expands or contracts no matter the climatic condition.
However, it is not immune to rust and is more expensive than gutter hangers made of aluminum and galvanized steel.
Just like aluminum, it can be painted in various colors to entice buyers.
This steel is formed by coating a thin layer of zinc on steel to make it more superior and this truly became the outcome. Gutter Hangers built with galvanized steel are immune to rusting, unlike stainless steel gutter hangers.
Zinc is a non-ferrous metal and has high immunity to rusting unlike aluminum, copper, and other cheap metals. Gutter hangers made of steel require little or no maintenance. Another good news is you might never replace it with a new one because it might never get spoilt.
It is essential to seek the help of an expert when purchasing a gutter hanger. An expert would know the specific hanger that suits your home and its climatic condition and install them perfectly for you.