Gutter hangers are as critical as the gutters to the durability and reliability of the whole system. Traditionally, installers used the spike and ferrule method to hold the gutter system in place.
In this method, a tube or a metal cylinder would be placed inside the gutter to make sure it does not bend. A spike would then be passed through the whole system to secure it.
Nowadays, a rain gutter installer such as Bruce Andrews Seamless Gutters in Wisconsin will recommend other ways to secure the gutter that are different from the traditional method. Most of these new hangers come in a ‘K’ style and are made from steel, aluminum, galvalume or copper.
The following are three modern types of gutter hangers:
The hidden hanger
Hidden brackets give a gutter system a clean finish. They resemble ferrule and spike hangers except that the metal brackets are not visible. They are fitted inside the gutter and fixed with screws that lead to a fascia behind the gutter. As a rule, hidden hangers are spaced 24 inches apart.
Quick-screw hidden hangers
This hanger resembles a hidden hanger, but it has additional features for stability and strength. It uses self-tapping screws that are supported with plastic and fixed at an angle. Compared with other hanger types, the quick-screw hanger is more costly at installation, but it also has the most extended lifespan.
The half-round hanger
These hangers are welcome design elements for homeowners that want a traditional feel. They come in different varieties, but the most common one is a combination of a circle hanger and a combo shank. The hanger typically is a square bracket against a fascia with six screws.
The different types of hangers will require expertise to fix. For instance, a half-round hanger will not give a clean installation if the screws are not the recommended size. It pays to compare the options with your contractor before settling on one hanger type.