Guide to Gutters and Downspouts

When it comes to gutters and downspouts for your home, we believe that no amount of information is too much. Gutters, like the roofs they outline, are some of the most important (and expensive) protective elements on your home. So you owe it to yourself to make an informed choice the next time you schedule professional gutter installation or repair.

There are many important considerations when it comes to selecting gutters. You need to know which types will best protect your home against precipitation in Northwest Arkansas. You need to know which materials will give you the best value based on your budget. And you need to know which gutter styles, colors and materials will best suit the style of your home.

When it comes to purchasing gutters and downspouts for your home, you need the industry-leading experts at JTI Siding. Our team will inspect your home, recommend options that fit your home and budget, provide an up-front gutter estimate and take care of installation. Here is our comprehensive gutter and downspout buyer’s guide.

What Are Gutters and Downspouts?

aluminum gutter installationA gutter is a length of shallow trough fixed to the edge of your roof. Gutters carry rainwater off of your roof and keep it from pooling near the foundation of your home. The wooden boards on the edge of your roof to which your gutters are fixed are called the fascia.

At the end of the gutters or gutter sections are the downspouts. These carry the rainwater down to ground level or into a drain. Downspouts are generally the same style and material as the gutters.

Sectional or Seamless

An important factor that affects the price per unit of a gutter is whether you purchase a sectional gutter or a seamless one. Sectional gutters, like wooden models, have seams and junctions that tend to be the first area to wear out. Alternatively, seamless gutters aren’t susceptible to this eventuality and, in turn, tend to cost more. The types of gutters that are commonly available in seamless varieties are:

  • Aluminum
  • Vinyl
  • Copper
  • Steel

If you’re strictly looking into seamless gutters, they will probably last longer, but the initial price will be higher because. How much higher? Each material undergoes a price increase that will push it toward the upper boundaries of the cost estimates listed above, although there is no hard and fast rule.

Gutter Leaf Guard

For anyone who has lived in a bushy area or has a few trees growing near their house, you will know the joys of constantly having to clean your gutters. Heavy rain and high winds will send debris, such as leaves and foliage, onto your roof and that will normally wash directly into your gutters. Clogged gutters result in a huge clean-up job and can also cause soil erosion, basement flooding, landscape damage and the possibility of mosquito infestation.

The experts at JTI Siding will forever solve this problem for you by installing leaf guards on your gutters. Gutter protection systems, called gutter guards, became popular in the 1950’s as the availability of better plastic made it more commercially viable to produce. Our custom gutters and our technical abilities at creating custom work on homes has continued to improve from year to year. We are proud to offer our guarantee that you will not have to get on the roof again. Our gutter systems will not only let water flow through to the gutter, but they will also remove the leaves and debris over the top of the gutter and let them make their way to the ground.

Downspout Placement

If you’re simply having your gutters replaced and there are no drainage issues on your property as a result of your downspout, disregard this section. If you’re buying gutters for a newly built home, you’re going to have to consider where you want your various downspouts to come out. The experts at JTI Siding can advise you on the best drainage strategy. Some customers elect to have a drain that the downspout pours into, but rain barrels and simple drainage to the ground can also suffice.

What Are Gutters Made From?

JTI Siding is proud to offer the best selection available in the region when it comes to material choices for your new gutters. The list below explains the available options, some useful details and the considerations involved with choosing each option.

Wood Gutters

We’ll start with the originals. A century ago, basically all homes with gutters had wooden gutters, but today they’re not as sensible. They’re more expensive than the alternatives, they’re heavier, and for the most part, they don’t last as long. In addition, if you want to minimize time and money spent to maintain your gutters, wooden gutters are probably not the way to go.

With that in mind, some people choose wooden gutters because they like the classic style or because their homes are historic. Older homes may look out of place with aluminum or PVC gutters, so restoration junkies tend to stick with wood for their homes and disregard the comparatively pricey cost of wood.

If you keep up on maintenance of wooden gutters, they’re quoted to last for a long time, though the actual amount of time is up for debate. The experts at JTI Siding recommend that if you opt for wooden gutter installation, you can expect them to require major repairs or replacement in about 15 to 30 years.

Wood gutter cost estimate: about $20 – $30 per linear foot

Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl gutters are practically the opposite of wooden gutters. They’re cheap, durable and long-lasting, are resistant to dents and corrosion, and can stand up to some pretty heavy rainfall and debris. What they aren’t, usually, is very attractive, according to many.

Vinyl gutters are easy to install and are very scratch-resistant, so you can get as rough as you need to when cleaning them out. Vinyl gutters are made of PVC, and they snap together, making them the easiest gutter to install. One thing to keep in mind is that while vinyl gutters have a low per-unit cost, it’s still important to make sure you’re buying high-quality materials. Low-quality plastic is prone to sagging and warping, which may cause uneven spots in your gutters, resulting in rainwater pulling and causing the potential for breaks.

If you live in Northwest Arkansas, buying vinyl gutters directly from JTI Siding can give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re buying the best-quality and most-economical materials and receiving the best service and gutter installation.

Vinyl gutter cost estimate: $3 – $5 per linear foot

Aluminum Gutters

Much like vinyl gutters, aluminum gutters are for the customer who wants to purchase a gutter system, have it installed and then not think about it any more than they have to (for cleaning, etc.). At JTI Siding, we understand that many homeowners view gutters as a necessary addition to their homes, but not one they want to deal with very often.

Aluminum gutters are affordable and weather-resistant. They maintaining structural integrity in some of the most extreme climates, which is great you don’t want your gutters warping in the cold. The one downside to aluminum is that compared to some other metals, it isn’t as strong, although it’s more resistant to rust.

Our professional gutter installers custom build gutters to the exact specifications of your home.  The aluminum we use is the highest gauge we can bend—which is the thickest and best aluminum available on the market.

Aluminum gutter cost estimate: $5 – $8 per linear foot

Steel Gutters

Stainless Steel: Unlike aluminum, stainless steel gutters are virtually indestructible, giving them a durability advantage over most other types of gutters. They do tend to be more expensive than some alternatives. So if you want your gutters to serve only the most utilitarian purpose, you might be better off going with one of the less expensive materials.

Stainless steel gutter cost estimate: $8 – $10 per linear foot

Galvanized Steel: When comparing all available styles and materials of metal gutters, think of galvanized steel as the compromise between stainless steel and aluminum. For homeowners that want a material slightly stronger than aluminum to protect against heavy debris build-up and falling branches, galvanized steel gutters fit the bill without the hefty comparative price tag that stainless steel can run you. However, galvanized steel has the potential to rust more than stainless.

Galvanized steel gutter cost estimate: $5 – $7 per linear foot

Copper Gutters

Think of your intention for the utility of your gutters on a spectrum: If vinyl and aluminum are at the low end, i.e. hardly thought about until they fail or need to be cleaned, copper gutters are at the opposite end. Copper gutters can be exorbitantly expensive, while their durability is comparable to other metal gutters. If you’d love the striking appearance of copper on your home, and you can afford them, then you’re probably the target audience here. Copper gutters are beautifully decorative at times, and they almost always produce a benefit as far as aesthetics are concerned, and they, like stainless steel are nearly indestructible.

Copper gutter cost estimate: $15 – $25 per linear foot

Free no-bligation estimate on gutter and downspout installation

We provide service throughout Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville, and the entire Greater Northwest Arkansas area.

Why Buy From JTI Siding?

Look at it this way: New gutters are a big investment for a structural system that you probably only think about when there’s a problem with it. You don’t want to rush through the process of making a gutter purchase, and more importantly, you want guidance from experts with experience helping homeowners make the choices that are best for their homes and their budgets.

Here are a few reasons why JTI is the only industry name you need to know when you need a new gutter system:

Unmatched Experience

The contractors at JTI Siding have been providing excellent work for clients in Northwest Arkansas for over 15 years. We’ve become a name you can trust because we’re transparent and stand by our word no matter what.

Dependable Installation

From gutters and downspouts, to siding installation and more, there are two things you can be sure to receive when you buy from JTI Siding:

  • Only the highest-quality materials
  • Dependable, long-lasting craftsmanship

The gutter information provided here depends heavily on the fact that you’re getting these things when you purchase your new gutters. With JTI Siding you can rest easily with the kind of peace of mind that you can only get when you know the company you hire for gutter installation has your best interests in mind.

Up-front Quotes and Estimates

Once you meet with our expert team to choose your gutter material and style, our contractors will hand you an up-front, transparent gutter estimate for your job. We understand what our word is worth, so we stick to it and do the job according to your budget.

Other companies might quote you a lower price — be aware that this is usually a sign of corners being cut somewhere. With as big a decision as new gutters that are going to be on your home for the next 30 years at minimum, you can’t afford to compromise on quality.

If you’re looking for advice about installing gutters or a gutter estimate in Northwest Arkansas, call the experts at JTI Siding today, or request a quote online. We can’t wait to show you all the ways that we can provide unmatched value to your home.