gutter talk

Folks,
I'm in need of new gutters. I like the look of metal but am not wholly certain which. Am looking for recomendations from the community here. My situation follows.
I live in the sunny climes of Texas where I get 32 inches of rain a year. That amount is met via 2 months of drizzle in the winter and @ 8 big thunderstorms the other 10 months. With 1 prolific pecan tree hovering over the house I generally make 3 visits a year to the roof to clean them out. As I'm reasonably able today and will have kids old enough to do the same in about 10 years I don't mind a spot of annual cleaning.
Thanks in advance...
-Robert
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I have 8" aluminum gutters because we have those same type "gully washers". I have trees also and use the leaf blower to blow the leaves out of the gutters, when it hasn't rained in a week, so it's dry stuff I'm blowing all over me!! ;-)
Tom J
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Robert,
If you want to install the gutters yourself, get the sectional stuff from your local home improvement store, and read the instructions. If you want professional installation, your most practical choice will be seamless aluminum. It looks nice and is not overly expensive compared to other options. The standard size is 5". If you can get 6" and it's not cost prohibitive, that would be my choice. Expensive gutter-hooded products won't perform as well as plain old gutters with a quality leaf screen in those 8 big thunderstorms you mentioned. Have your gutter installer order Steelco screens. You can check them out at www.gutterscreen.net . There are a number of options. You just have to crank up the old search engine and see what's out there.
Any of the covers or screens available today will reduce the number of trips up the ladder you will need to make. If the gutters ever need service, and they will eventually, the covers are a pain in the @%! to remove. With the screens, you can just aim the water hose and blast thru the mesh to clean out any small debris accumulation. Quarter inch wire mesh is preferable over expanded metal (aluminum) in terms of strength and rain flow restriction. Hope this helps.
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Those gutters look like hell and are prone to leaks.
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