As a homeowner, it’s important that you understand all the different elements of equipment and structural additions that help your home run smoothly. That applies to gutters and their smaller components including gutter hangers. Below we will explain what gutter hangers are and detail the different types of rain gutter hangers so you can make the best choice for your home – let’s dive in!
What is a Gutter Hanger?
Simply speaking, a gutter hanger is a fastener used to attach the gutter to your home’s fascia. They provide the stability and support your gutters need to do their job without damaging your home’s structure. Without gutter hangers, your gutters would be unable to function properly allowing rainwater to pool along your foundation line causing both foundation and soil erosion. However, there are multiple types of rain gutter hangers available; your gutter installer will choose the appropriate gutter hanger for your home’s structure and the type of rain gutter you’re going to install.
Brackets and Straps
This type of rain gutter hanger uses hangers that wrap around the gutter to attach the gutter to the home. The U-shape of the bracket supports the gutter from underneath and then a strap is used to attach the brack to the fascia board. Brackets and straps work well to prevent corrosion, but their installation is important as ones that aren’t installed correctly can get knocked down during heavy rain.
If aesthetics are of utmost importance to you, hidden hangers will be your best bet. As the name suggests, hidden hangers are hidden within the gutter. To install the gutter the hanger is placed horizontally inside the gutter and screwed into the fascia board. The end result is a secure gutter with a sleek design that can handle large amounts of water flow.
Spikes and Ferrules
The installation expert will drive a metal tube or ferrule across the gutter, ending at the back of the gutter. The gutter can then be attached to the fascia. While simple in design, this method is not without its drawbacks; if not installed correctly, the fascia board can be split and the extra holes throughout the gutter can lead to leaks.
Hangers Secured to Subroof
This hanger variation is installed similarly to bracket and straps but instead of attached the bracket to the fascia, the hangers are attached to the roof directly – typically under the shingles. This hanger type is extremely secure, but since you’re working with the roof directly, this type of installation method should not be left to inexperienced DIYers.
While we hope this has helped you in your understanding of different types of rain gutter hangers, when you choose to get your gutters installed by New Vision Exteriors, you can rest assured our experts will recommend the best type of rain gutter hanger for your unique situation. Give us a call today to set up a consultation!