“Gauge” is a measure of the thickness of the aluminum in a seamless aluminum gutter.
Believe it or not, a lot of our customers are pretty worried about gauge. Many take the time to educate themselves about gutters online before they start calling contractors.
That’s great! It’s the reason we have this blog up.
But sometimes it can lead to some additional confusion.
When customers start trying to learn about gutters online they inevitably run across some webpages which tell them that they absolutely need .032 gauge gutters – that nothing else will do. Those pages usually don’t tell people why they need gutters that thick.
That’s because only a certain portion of the population actually needs gutters that thick. That would be the (admittedly very large) portion of the nation that deals with heavy duty ice and snow every winter.
In other words, those other websites are not talking about Florida.
In Florida, the industry standard is a lighter .027 gauge gutter. Florida suppliers don’t sell the aluminum any thicker than that, because it would simply be overkill.
It’s simply not possible to accommodate a request to place .032 gauge gutters on a Florida home.
This is actually good news for you. The lighter gutters obviously use less aluminum, which means they don’t cost as much to manufacture. That means you’ll pay a little bit less than your family and friends up north. 🙂
It just goes to show that you have to be a little bit careful about what you read online. Sometimes what applies to one area does not apply to another…and sometimes you just are not getting the whole story.
If you are a Florida customer living in Largo, St. Petersburg, Clearwater or anywhere else in the Tampa Bay metro area, call us! We’ll give you a free estimate on your new, seamless aluminum gutters so that you can protect your home from costly water damage.