If you love working with your hands or just looking to save money and have decided to install your own gutter system there is a lot you need to know. There are certain parts you need and you have to pick the right sizes and styles to get the exact look you are going for.


The most common materials used for rain gutters include aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl, copper and wood. Aluminum and vinyl are the most popular because they are economical and very durable. You don’t have to worry about rust. Galvanized steel is a little bit more expensive and will eventually start to rust in about 20 to 25 years, but it is very strong and is a good choice if you are in an area with a lot of extreme weather. Stainless steel which won’t rust is even more expensive. Copper is a good choice if you are looking for a certain aesthetic. It is on the high end when it comes to price and doesn’t age as well as some of the other gutter materials.

When choosing gutters, besides the type, you need to consider shapes and styles. The two most common styles are the half-round and K-style. K-style gutters are smaller but typically drain the same amount of water. The most common gutter sizes are 5 and 6 inches. You can also go for seamless gutters as well.


Downspouts are the drainpipes in the gutter system that directs the rainwater away from the roof. Most people direct the water to water the lawn and flower beds. Downspouts are usually round or rectangular in shape. Downspout sizes are usually 2 x 3 inches and 3 x 4 inches in size or 3 or 4 inches in diameter


The corner joints and end caps are essential parts of the gutter system. When not properly installed and sealed, there can be a lot of leaking. When you are installing these yourself you need to make sure you are using the right materials.


Don’t skimp on the hanging brackets because they are just as important as the other parts of the system. When there are not enough of them or they are not strong enough you can have a lot of sagging in the gutters.

Other things you should take into consideration when choosing your gutter system, is the amount of rainfall you get in your area and whether you have a lot of trees around the building because that means a lot leaves that can clog the gutters up.