In today’s episode of Material World, we’re talking gutters. The #1 thing you can do for water management around your home, foundation, and garden is to install gutters on your home.

Keeping the water away from the house and foundation can make them last much longer and prevent a lot of issues. With the winter we had, a quick melt or heavy melt like that requires having the best gutters to handle that much water and ice.

Deciding which gutter system is right for you can be tough given there are numerous gutter options to choose from. To help, we will go through multiple types of gutters, and gutter guards, and what we recommend.

Types & Sizes of Gutters

The standard is generally a 5 inch, seamless, aluminum gutter.  It is lightweight, easy to manage, and will excel in its job of water management. Depending on the size of your home or roof, a 6 inch wide gutter may be necessary, but that can be determined by surface area of the roof, and how much water or ice you need to manage. For heavy duty ice and water management, steel gutters can be used, but that is generally on structures like commercial buildings, metal roofs, or pole barns.


Downspouts and downspout extensions are used to guide water from your gutters, along the wall, and away from your house and foundation. They can help prevent corrosion along your foundation, yard, and garden beds. Soil erosion can cause puddling which can drown your plants or flowers, and destroy the grass, so make sure your downspouts are guiding the water at least 5 feet away from the house. The standard size for downspouts is 3 x 2 inches. There are also 3 x 4 inches but you really only need the 3 x 2 for your basic gutter on any home.

Gutter Guards

Nothing is much worse than having to clean your gutters! Here in Minnesota, you know all about those pesky helicopter seeds, whirlybirds, samaras, or whatever you want to call them! They can fill up your gutters on one windy day. Getting the proper gutter guard can help prevent messy, clogged gutters and keep your water flowing through. There are a few different kinds of gutter guards we are showcasing today.

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Mesh gutter guards are a great, simple option to use to keep your gutters free of leaves and debris. They are very easy to install, they simply attach to the edge of the gutter, and slide under your roofing/shingles. It is very lightweight and easy to size down. It won’t weigh too heavily on the gutters, and debris can easily slide off its slanted angle.

Bulldog gutter belt.

The Bulldog gutter belt is perfect for catching whirlybirds and keeping them from sticking into your gutter, or gutter guard. It is a flat surface, with punctured holes that allow for debris to flow off the side, while water still passes through into the gutter. They require a bit more invasive installation, screwing into the house, but they are very sturdy and will withstand the elements, giving you long lasting gutter protection.

Leaf Sentry premium gutter guards.

Leaf Sentry is a high quality, premium brand of gutter guards. These guards, as you can see on the far right in the image above, give full protection, and are designed to allow water to flow over the top and back into the gutter, trapping all leaves and debris behind. These can be customized to match up to 16 different colors, to match your gutter. They create great curb appeal, and are going to be a major investment, with amazing long-term results. These will be perfect for your forever home, to ensure you never have to clean out the gutters, or replace those guards. The colors can always be easily swapped out as well.


Thanks for tuning in! We hope this information was valuable to you, and for a free quote call us at (763) 600-7916 or fill out this online form.

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