Securing drainage gutters to your roof is an essential part of making sure that they can drain water away from your roof properly. Gutter hangers and gutter spikes are the two most common methods of attaching gutters to your roof. Though they are similar in purpose, they each possess a number of design differences that provide each method with a different set of advantages and disadvantages. Understanding what each type of gutter securing method has to offer can help you choose the one that best fits the needs of your roof and gutter system.
Gutter spikes are literal spikes that are driven through the gutter, securing it to the edge of the roof. They are the most common method used to secure gutters because they are affordable and thus widely available. They are fairly simple to install, requiring no special tools, and can be installed as a do it yourself project, instead of hiring a roofing professional, which can help you save further costs.
However, since gutter spikes are driven through the entire width of the gutter itself, the heads of the spikes are visible along the outside of the gutter. This can be an undesirable aesthetic for some homeowners. Furthermore, gutter spikes are susceptible to temperature changes, and will expand and contract as the weather outside changes. This causes the spikes to slowly work themselves out of the gutter, which can mean costly repairs. However, there are models of gutter spikes that are ringed so that this does not occur at the same rate, albeit at a slightly higher cost.
Gutter hangers make use of brackets which are screwed into the fascia of the roof. This provides a completely smooth exterior to the outside facing part of the gutter, a much better aesthetic appearance. Furthermore, gutter hangers will not stop supporting the gutters over time due to weather fluctuations, and if they become loose for whatever reason, can be easily tightened again in just a few seconds using a screwdriver, saving you money in the long run on repairs and replacements.
However, gutter hangers are more expensive than gutter spikes are, and their installation process is somewhat more complex. Though it does not require any special tools, it does require the use of a drill, and having someone else helping you is almost a necessity. This can be a hassle for some homeowners, especially those without a lot of free time, which means that professional installation is most commonly used for gutter hangers, which indicates further expense.