Types of Copper Gutter Hangers
Rain gutters are attached to the house in several ways, either with brackets, hangers or straps.
Hangers grab the front lip of the gutter and snap to the back, flush against the gutter. They are
secured to the house with screws or nails. Hangers give the gutter support and strength. The type
of gutter hanger and the spacing between two of these will determine how long a gutter system
Copper gutter hangers are some of the strongest and most durable to be used with copper gutter
systems, though many gutter hangers are designed for the popular aluminum K-style gutters. There
are several styles of hangers, and the hidden hanger method is most commonly used today. Modern
hidden hangers cannot be seen from the ground and they offer an important benefit over traditional
spike and ferrule hangers. Over the years the wood of the support surface gets old and the spikes
of a spike and ferrule hanger tends to pull and homes without a fascia are forced to use a strap
that is hard to get under the shingles. It is therefore highly recommended to wait and change the
gutter system to a sturdy, hidden fascia mounted system with roof remodeling in old homes.
Types of Gutter Hangers
1. Fascia Mount Hanger
Fascia mount hangers in general are used in homes where there are fascia boards installed over the
gutter rails. There are several styles of fascia mount hangers:
· Spike and ferrule: There are two parts to the Spike and Ferrule system. The ferrule or tube is
inserted in the gutter, keeping the gutter width uniform and strong. The spike is inserted through
the gutter, the ferrule and out the back into the rafter and the fascia, if there is one.
· Hidden hanger: Most hidden hangers are clipped to the gutter lip, pass around the gutter and is
screwed or nailed to the fascia board through the gutter’s back. Since the hanger is inside the
gutter, it is hidden. In case the fascia board is slanted, it will be necessary to use a gutter
wedge. The hidden hanger system makes it easy to remove the gutter, if it is ever required to be
· Free floating: This type of gutter hanger uses a mounting bracket attached to the fascia board
and the gutter is then fitted into the bracket. This type of gutter hanger is usually used when
expansion and contraction is an issue, or in vinyl gutters.
2. Roof Mount Hanger
Roof mount hangers are used in houses without fascia boards or in houses where the fascia boards
are not vertical or set too far back to allow gutter hangers to be fastened to them. The T-bar suspension
system is one type of roof-mount hanger, which hangs from the sub-roof. It is also used when the
shingle or tile projection extends beyond the usable gutter width.
Gutter hangers should be chosen to match the material of the gutter to prevent electrolytic
corrosion. Proper installation is also essential for the longevity of the system. For instance, for
most fascia installations, there should be a hanger installed every 24 inches. It is also important
to work with a seller that offers all styles of copper gutter hangers to suit various gutter
styles, for your convenience.