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Gutter replacement: .032 or .027 gauge

Postby HogsAndApples » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:32 pm

Should I have my gutters replaced (needs replacing) with a 5", seamless, aluminum, k-style gutter and elbow that is:
.027 gauge or .032 gauge?

The extra cost for the .032 gauge is $1 extra per foot.

Is there a reason to go for the .032 gauge gutter?

I live in the Northeast - NY State and get about 100" of snow per year.
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Re: Gutter replacement: .032 or .027 gauge

Postby hicabob » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:42 pm

thicker is stonger - twice as thick = 4x as strong so the .032 is about 150% the strength of the .027 ... I Recently I went for the thicker stuff for my re-roof - they will look better after 30 years when it's time for a redo.
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Re: Gutter replacement: .032 or .027 gauge

Postby Sam I Am » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:42 pm

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Re: Gutter replacement: .032 or .027 gauge

Postby HogsAndApples » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:58 pm

I am replacing one 26' span of gutter and an elbow. I have no idea how old the gutters are - the house was built in 1955 or so. They are at least 24 years old. I do not know if the gutters are .027 or .032 currently. My sense was that they are .032 - they are very sturdy and have been hit by tree branches before.

I found this which, if true, suggests that .032 might be the better deal as ladders etc., are often leaned against them.
http://www.usraingutter.com/gutter-thic ... erial.html

This particular section sits alone and does not connect with any other part of the gutter system, other than a downspout.

I had several estimates completed. Both contractors have solid references and were thorough .... one contractor listed .027 gauge and the other .032.
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Re: Gutter replacement: .032 or .027 gauge

Postby Kosmo » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:17 pm

I'd go with the 0.032". It'll hold up much better in snowy/icy weather and against regular wear and tear (leaning a ladder, getting hit with a baseball, a fat squirrel hanging on). For an extra $26 I think it's worth it.
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Re: Gutter replacement: .032 or .027 gauge

Postby webslinger » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:24 pm

I would definitely go with the thicker, 0.032", gutter. You will be happier as the thicker gutters will be less susceptible to damage and warping due to ladders, ice, snow etc.
I would also suggest larger 6" gutters with 3"x4" leaders - these usually come in the heavier gauge metal.
Finally, I would go with a system that uses hidden fasteners for a cleaner look.
We replaced ours last summer and I am very happy.
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Re: Gutter replacement: .032 or .027 gauge

Postby Sam I Am » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:33 pm

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Re: Gutter replacement: .032 or .027 gauge

Postby fsrph » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:45 pm

HogsAndApples wrote:I am replacing one 26' span of gutter and an elbow.


So it's $26 extra for the 0.32 gauge? I'd go with that.
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Re: Gutter replacement: .032 or .027 gauge

Postby SimonJester » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:57 pm

Kosmo wrote:I'd go with the 0.032". It'll hold up much better in snowy/icy weather and against regular wear and tear (leaning a ladder, getting hit with a baseball, a fat squirrel hanging on). For an extra $26 I think it's worth it.



I agree It's $26 go thicker!
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Re: Gutter replacement: .032 or .027 gauge

Postby HogsAndApples » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:21 pm

Thanks everyone - .032 gauge it is!
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