Your gutters are responsible for capturing all water that drains off your roof and diverting it away from your home. Sometimes, your gutters can’t keep up with all the water that is being shed from your roof. Many homeowners wonder if upgrading to more oversized gutters is the solution to their watery problems. It all depends on how much water is entering the gutter, how fast it is draining, and how expensive the installation is.
What sizes do gutters come in?
There are many sizes of gutters. In our area, the current standard size for gutters is 5”. However, older homes might have 4” or 3” gutters. You can also get larger sizes, ranging from 6′” to 8′”. We will be focusing on the 5”’ and 6″ sizes in this article. These are the most prevalent in our area. Let’s not forget how gutters can be measured. The gutter’s top is measured to determine how large it is. The gutters can then be made as deep as possible. A 5” gutter, for example, would be 3.5 feet deep. A 6” gutter, on the other hand, would be 4.5 feet.
Consider these factors when choosing a size for your gutters.
It is simple to calculate how much water comes off the roof. This is determined by how large the roof is and how many rains we receive. A larger gutter is better for areas with heavy downpours. We get a lot of rain in our area, so 5” gutters are a standard.
The roof’s pitch (or slope) and the roof’s material determine how fast water moves. Water will move quickly off roofs made of slippery materials, like wood, slate, and composite roofs such as cedar. A wider gutter will reduce the chance of water escaping from the roof’s edge and not reaching the gutters. The gutters can act as a ramp for water to escape from steep roofs, and a bigger gutter will slow down the water more. Cost is the last factor. On average, 6” gutters will run 33% more per linear foot, especially for larger homes that may require gutters.
Gutter Systems: A Note
When water leaves the roof, downspouts are as crucial as gutters. The gutters could overflow if the downspout is not adequate. Tree debris and other debris can also block the downspouts, making drainage more difficult. Hometown roofing now uses only 3×4’’ downspouts on all houses, whether they have 5” or 6-foot gutters. This upgrade will make every gutter system more efficient, according to us.
The size of your drainage system is as important as its design. If your entire house is trying to drain to one downspout, even the biggest gutters may struggle to keep water in during storms. To ensure that your gutters work properly, it is essential to have them checked every time you change your roof.
The Final Verdict
Many factors can influence whether you need more oversized gutters. It is always a good idea for a professional to evaluate your current gutter system. It is possible to make a big difference by changing the location of a downspout or just the angle in one area.