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Can Commercial Rain Gutters Protect Your Residential Property?
Installing rain gutters reduces water damage, increases your roof’s longevity and prevents weather-related injuries. Commercial and residential gutters perform the same function, but they offer different sizes, materials and features for each building’s needs. Choosing the right gutters for your building could save you hundreds of dollars each year.
What’s the Difference Between Commercial and Residential Gutters?
The differences between commercial and residential gutters include:
- Commercial and residential gutters have to comply with different laws and regulations. This includes size, materials, design and positioning.
- Commercial gutters are larger because they have to cover a wider building.
- Commercial gutters are typically made from steel or aluminum while residential gutters are made from aluminum, vinyl or copper. Steel gutters are durable and long-lasting, but their price makes them uncommon for residential buildings.
- Commercial gutters are box-shaped because they can hold more rainwater. Typically, residential gutters are K-style or half-round to meet the homeowners’ needs.
- Commercial roofs are flat while residential roofs have different shapes and styles. As a result, contractors install the gutters differently on the roofs.
Talk to The Gutter Professionals to learn more about choosing the right gutters for your property.
Should You Install Commercial Gutters on a Residential Property?
While commercial gutters are more durable, they’re not always the right option for residential areas. You’ll have to adapt to different codes, install the gutters differently and potentially pay more for materials. Commercial box gutters handle larger volumes of rain, but since houses are typically smaller than commercial buildings, you’ll pay for size that you don’t need. However, you may consider commercial gutters if you live on a large estate or want steel gutters for maximum durability.
How Do Commercial Rain Gutters Protect Your Property?
Commercial gutters last longer, corrode less and hold more debris than residential gutters. When you invest in commercial gutters, you’ll perform less yearly maintenance, saving time and money for your business.
Typically, rain gutters are made from aluminum or steel, which are two of the strongest metals in the industry. When you buy steel gutters, you’ll get the following benefits:
- Steel is easy to clean. To clean dirt, grime and debris, all you have to do is wipe it down.
- Steel is one of the toughest and most resistant metals, meaning that you won’t have to replace it regularly. You’ll save hundreds of dollars on new gutters and installation.
- Steel is more affordable than other metals.
- Steel gutters are more environmentally friendly than other types that end up in a landfill. You can take your gutters to the recycling plant when you replace them, and the gutters that you buy might be made from recycled steel.
- Steel is flexible, meaning that steel gutters come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
- Steel supports heavier loads than other materials. Leaves, dirt and debris can build up in your gutters without making the system collapse.
If you’d prefer aluminum gutters, the benefits include:
- Aluminum doesn’t rust like steel, so it withstands frequent rain exposure.
- Aluminum is tough but lightweight, making it easier to adjust or remove your gutters later.
- Aluminum doesn’t require much maintenance. At most, you’ll clean your gutters once every six months. Seamless gutters reduce maintenance even further.
- Aluminum doesn’t corrode under most conditions. Some gutters last up to 30 years, making them an investment for a third of your lifetime.
- Aluminum is recyclable like steel, making it environmentally friendly.
- Aluminum is durable and stands up to years of sun and weather exposure.
- Aluminum doesn’t crack in extreme temperatures, making it last longer than other materials.
Larger Size Gutters
Since commercial buildings have a larger surface area than residential properties, they collect more rain, snow and sleet. Commercial gutters are larger to collect more rain and direct it away from the beginning. They also collect more leaves, grime and debris, reducing the waste that you’ll have to clean off the sidewalk.
Similarly, residential gutters come in K-shape and half-round designs. Commercial box cutters are wider, deeper and easier to clean. They have a simple, polished appearance that looks professional and makes a good first impression. Since box gutters don’t stand out, they won’t detract from the building’s design.
Without commercial gutters, the rain, sleet and ice cascade off the roof, causing puddles and slick spots around the building. Potholes and cracks in the sidewalk build up over time. If a customer slips and falls on your property, they could hold you liable for dangerous conditions. You might have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in damages, destroying your finances and ruining your reputation.
Commercial gutters direct large amounts of rain away from your building, keeping sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, stairs and ramps dry and ice-free. You’ll also reduce the risk of water, ice sheets and debris sliding off the roof, injuring a passerby. This keeps you, your customers and your employees safe during the workday.
What Are Seamless Gutters?
For extra protection and durability, talk to us about seamless gutters. Traditional gutters are made from multiple pieces of metal that the contractors connect when they install the gutters. They have seams that leak and collect debris. Seamless gutters are a single piece of metal fitted directly to your roof. With no seams, you’ll have no leakage, reduced debris and less maintenance.
Reach Out Today
The Gutter Professionals serves customers throughout the Clarksville, TN region, which includes Shady Grove, Barren Plains and Cumberland City as well as regions in Kentucky such as Hopkinsville, Trenton and Herndon. Our services include gutter cleaning, installation, repair and replacement for residential and commercial properties. We also install and repair roofs, replace windows, repair and replace soffits, and install vinyl siding in a variety of colors and styles.
Call us today @ (931) 538-1096 or fill out the contact form on our website for a free estimate. Tell us about the services that you need, and we’ll discuss the situation and estimate the cost. We’re 100% transparent about our fees–no hidden costs or expenses. We also work with Acorn Finance to provide different financing options.