There are several things to consider when deciding how to fasten your gutters to your house. Many options exist and the method you use could very well determine the ease of use and cleaning your gutters will have and the lifespan as well.
There are several gutter hanger types available: See the below image for two examples:
Two Types of Gutter Hangers
Factors to consider include:
- Type of hanger used.
- Hanger spacing
- Necessary areas to have hangers
1. Type of Hanger Used
A Very Untraditional Gutter Hanger Style
The type of hanger used on the gutters to hold them in place can be crucial to the longevity of your gutters. There are several different types of gutter hangers you can pick from. Some of these types include spikes, exposed brackets and straps, T-bar or T-straps, hangers secured to the sub-roof and Litespeed’s favorite the hidden hangers.
Spikes for example nail straight thru the gutter making them easy to install. Unfortunately that ease comes with price. Repeated change in climate cause expansion and contraction working the spikes lose over time.
Spiked Gutter Brackets
Half Round Gutter Bracket
Exposed brackets or straps go around the gutter to give it extra support. However, even though expansion and contraction are not so much an issue with this method maintenance of the gutters tends to cause these to get knocked lose during the cleaning process.
While most of the hanger types out there mount directly to the Fascia for ease of installation, as opposed to mounting to the substructure of the roof, there are still some distinct differences between the types.
Sub-roof Gutter Hangers
Hangers secured to the sub-roof look alot like exposed brackets and straps, although more secure since they are attached to the roof. However, attaching brackets to the roof is not the most ideal method, so most attachments avoid doing this.
T-bar or T-straps look alot like hidden hangers, except they have a piece that is suspended from the center onto the Fascia. They are not quite as aesthetically pleasing as hidden hangers.
The hidden hanger is a popular choice because it clips under the front gutter hem and screws through the back of the gutter into the supporting Fascia. This is very secure and hard to see, allowing for a more aesthetically pleasing result.
Litespeed Construction always uses the hidden hangers for the convenience of looks and durability. They are generally designed to last a long time with minimal maintenance needed.
Hidden Hanger Gutter
2. Hanger Spacing
How far apart you hang the hangers depends greatly on the climate you are in. In areas with light snow placing the hangers every 36” apart is acceptable. However, areas with heavy snow means a lot more weight on the gutters, which facilitates a need for gutter hangers to be spaced no more than 18” apart. No matter what the distance apart you are placing them, gutter hangers are always started at the center working your way outward.
Gutter spacing is not an area to skimp on. It is recommended that you carefully measure each spacing to assure accuracy. If improper spacing is created there is a high risk that the gutter will sag. This is especially risky in the winter months because rain and snow will collect in those sagging areas causing the gutter to pull away from the Fascia taking possibly the whole gutter with it.
3. Necessary Areas to Have Hangers
Propert Gutter Hanger Spacing
A gutter hanger is necessary anywhere that the gutter needs extra reinforcement. Since gutters are typically for the most part in a straight line usually those hangers are applied in a consistent pattern as mentioned above.
However, one area to keep in mind to add extra reinforcement to is the mitered corners. These areas are as mentioned before a more susceptible spot not only because they are at an angle which applies extra torque to them, but also because they are a spot with a steam which takes away some of the durability of that location.
Because of this we always recommend applying a hanger to each side of the miter, just to assure it is safely secured from each side from eliminates like wind and weight such as snow. This rule would apply no matter what type of hanger is used as it’s just a good rule of thumb to use in general to help assure the overall health of your gutters.