Gutters are an essential component of your home’s water management system. These hardworking roofing accessories protect your home from water damage and maintain its structural integrity.
As technology and construction methods have evolved, so have gutter installation techniques.
Below, we’ll explore the improved fastening method of hidden hangers and screws that offers significant advantages over the traditional nail spikes and sleeves used in older gutter systems.
The Evolution of Fastening: Hidden Hangers and Screws vs. Nail Spikes
In older gutter systems, nail spikes were commonly used to secure gutters to the fascia board. These spikes, which are about the size of a pencil, were driven into the fascia to hold the gutters in place.
Unfortunately, over time, the weight caused wet leaf debris along with the natural expansion and contraction of materials causes these nail spikes to loosen. This loosening creates gaps between the gutters and the fascia which leads to overflow and potential water damage. Additionally, the holes caused by loose nail spikes in the fascia contribute to rot and deterioration.
Luckily, the introduction of hidden hangers and screws help reduce the risk of this problematic method gutter installation. Hidden hangers are bracket systems that clip onto the inside of the gutter and screw directly into the fascia board.
The Benefits of Hidden Hangers and Screws in Gutter Installation
Using hidden hangers and screws during gutter installation and repairs offers several key advantages:
Enhanced Stability and Strength
Hidden hangers provide a more secure attachment for the seamless gutters.
The screw-in design ensures that the gutter remains firmly in place, even during weather changes and atmospheric shifts. Unlike nail spikes that can pull away from the fascia, hidden hangers are less susceptible to expansion and contraction. This allows them to maintain a tight fit and reduces the risk of water infiltration.
Longevity and Minimal Maintenance
Another advantage of hidden hangers is that they’re designed to last for an extended period. In many cases, these hangers often last up to 20-30 years which is much longer than the life of traditional nail spikes.
Their durability translates into reduced maintenance requirements and fewer instances of gutter system repair. This longevity is particularly beneficial during weather extremes, such as severe storms, strong winds and hail.
Compatibility with Leaf Screens
Modern roofing gutters often incorporate leaf screens or gutter guards to prevent debris accumulation and clogs.
Hidden hangers are well-suited for supporting these systems since they offer a secure and stable foundation for the screen systems. This compatibility contributes to a more efficient and low-maintenance gutter system year-round.
Aesthetically Pleasing Designs
One of the distinct advantages of hidden hangers is their clean and concealed appearance.
Unlike nail spikes, which are highly visible and sometimes unsightly, hidden hangers are discreetly tucked inside the gutter. This design contributes to a more polished and aesthetically pleasing look for your home’s exterior.
Additionally, modern gutter systems with hidden hangers are available in a wide-range of prefinished colors that are fade-resistant. This feature ensures that your gutters maintain their appearance and contribute to your home’s overall curb appeal for years to come.
Trust Dayton Roofing & Renovation For Your Seamless Gutter Needs
The progression from nail spikes to hidden hangers and screws is a small yet significant improvement in gutter installation methods.
Hidden hangers provide enhanced stability and increased longevity for your gutter systems – and improved aesthetics for your home.
If your home can benefit from a more reliable and efficient gutter system, contact Dayton Roofing & Renovation Services.
With over 20 years of experience in roofing repair, replacement and exterior renovation, our certified team of professionals are highly skilled at installing gutters and replacing gutters.
Contact us today to learn more about our seamless gutter services!