Types of Gutter Hangers and Why They Matter

Rain Gutter with Hangers

People often expect a lot from their gutters. You want them to function as they should all through the year: they should support the weight of wet debris, torrential rains, snow, and ice without it affecting them. Indeed, gutters would not be able to do as much as they do without hangers.

Gutter experts like Double T. Inc install hangers for your rain gutters to fasten the drain. During the installation, the contractor is looking to attach the system to the building. They space the hangers usually within two feet of each other to increase effectiveness.

Now hangers come in different styles, and the type of hanger used on your home will dictate how well the gutter system holds up. Here are three common types.

Ferrule and spike

Of all available options, the spike and ferrule hanger is the most affordable. The contractor uses a cylinder to stabilize the gutter, but the barrel has to be out of sight. They then attach a metal spike through the gutter and cylinder into the wood and then connecting them to the building.

The downside of these kinds of hangers is that with time, the gutter system is likely to sag because of the expansion and contraction of the wood they attach to, which weakens the spike’s hold.

Hidden bracket hangers

With a hidden bracket, your gutter system gets a clean finish and a stronger installation. The metal brackets are typically out of sight. Screws are drilled through the bracket into the gutter and wood behind to secure the system. The hidden brackets are 24 inches apart, typically.

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Half-round hanger

These hangers are mostly found in older homes, but you can also install them in modern homes as part of the design. The half-round hanger comes in many varieties, but the most popular one is a circle and combo shank hanger.

You have many choices regarding gutter installation, starting with the type of hanger to go for. Choose well.