Commercial building roofs need gutters, too. Let Skywalker Windows & Siding take care of all your commercial gutter needs!
Most homes in America have some sort of gutter system installed, but residences aren’t the only buildings that benefit from having gutters. The right gutter system can also help direct rain and melted snow off the roof of your business or commercial property and away from your building’s siding and foundation. So, what are the differences between residential gutters and commercial gutters?
Both residential and commercial gutters share a common purpose – to effectively drain water from the roof and away from the building. The main differences where commercial gutters are concerned relate mainly to size and scope. Commercial facilities are typically larger than residences, so there’s more water to drain. Commercial buildings tend to have flatter roofs too, so gutters must be mounted a little differently than those designed for a sloped home roof. Many business locations also fall under specific local building codes and regulations which specify how commercial roofs should be drained, and where the water should be directed. Commercial gutters are designed, fabricated, and installed with all these particular specifications in mind.
Some Benefits of Commercial Gutters
Commercial rain gutters are actually available in many of the same materials from which residential gutters are fabricated. Vinyl is typically avoided, since it isn’t as sturdy as some other options. Aluminum is a common choice for both residential and commercial gutters thanks to its price point and relative strength. Copper is a beautiful material option, but it isn’t the most practical option for larger commercial structures. Galvalume metal and galvanized steel are preferred choices for commercial gutters thanks to their durability and longevity. Skywalker Windows & Siding has the tools and experience to custom-produce gutters for any commercial facility, featuring all of the top material options that are recommended for commercial applications.
Commercial gutters usually require a larger draining capacity than residential gutters. While 5” diameter gutters are common for homes, commercial gutters often have diameters of 6-8 inches (and sometimes greater). There are commercial K-style gutters available, but many businesses opt for what’s known as a box style gutter, featuring a larger trough for handling higher volumes of water. Commercial downspouts are fashioned from the same materials used to produce the gutters, and they are designed to match the corresponding water output.
To determine the size and capacity needs for your commercial gutter system, you’ll need to factor in things like the size of your building, the roof slope, and the typical weather and climate conditions of your particular location. Not sure which size and style gutter you need? Not a problem! The commercial pros at Skywalker Windows & Siding can help you assess your gutter needs, and will be happy to advise you about appropriate size & style gutter options for your facility.
Looking for a local contractor you can trust to provide the best seamless commercial gutter services? Skywalker Windows & Siding serves the NC Piedmont Triad, Piedmont Triangle, and Roanoke, VA areas, and we do much more than just windows and siding. We also happen to be experts at all things roofing, and we can custom-build and install your commercial gutters right on site!
Skywalker is one of the highest-rated, most-awarded contractors you’ll find anywhere, and we are your BEST choice for gutters, roofing, windows, siding, and other building improvement services.
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