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Gutters for standing seam and tin shingle roofing
Rain gutters for metal roofing should avoid damaging the metal panels or shingles. As seen on the first photo below, a popular, cheap installation attaches the gutter straps to the metal roof. If possible, avoid this scenario: dissimilar metals rubbing, damage to the lower edge of the roof, etc. See this problem on a gutter system over the porch of this Civil War officer's home.
A better choice would be the half-round gutter style because the roof escapes the bruising of a metal strap. An example is shown to the right.
For those concerned about winter icing and other heavy weather related concerns, the two photos above illustrate a reinforced half-round gutter system.
Rainhandlers: an alternative maybe
Because many vintage structures were originally constructed without gutters, adding a modern gutter attachment may detract from the appearance of the residence.
A possibility is an innovation called Rainhandlers, which helps disperse the water falling over the roof edge...and are nearly invisible.
Drawbacks to consider are as follows: drainage around your structure's foundation, splattering onto windows, for example. The photo above and to the right illustrate Rainhandlers near invisibility.
Some owners of vintage metal roofs want to mute the lines of gutters and downspouts, such as the example above. Using the same color as the roof or the trim of the residence is an idea. See brick siding homestead for this owner's thoughtful solutions to gutter and downspout colors.
With the release of a copper liquid coating, metal gutters can be transformed to copper gutters, aging like copper gutter, but costing considerably less. This approach works well with some tin roof colors. See liquid copper application to dormer and downspout done by the homeowner himself.
If you are seeking an experienced company to offer an estimate to preserve your existing roof, one of us would be delighted to visit your residence, discuss the alternatives available and, if requested, submit a quote for restoring your tin roofs. Click here for a map of our geographical work area.
Beyond information about our contracting services, this site is designed for individuals interested in tin roofs--photos, technical tidbits and history. These web pages are prepared by the same contractor that specializes in the restoration of these tin roofs. She enjoys dabbling in website construction, therefore photos and articles are simply presented. All pictures are from Roof Menders projects, the same contractor. If you have questions, just call 610-941-1051 for a chat.