Gutter installation, especially if done professionally, offers many benefits. Among these include protecting your foundation and sidings, preventing flooding in the basement, and preventing soil erosion around your property. Gutter guard installation helps prevent clogging, ensuring you can enjoy your guttering system for a long time.
Accurate gutter size specifications and a few measurements are crucial to a successful gutter installation. Here is a look at what to consider.
1. Gutter Width
The structure of your roof, the architecture of your building, and the local climate conditions are among the primary factors that inform the proper width selection for your gutter installation. The most common choice for most modern houses is 5–6-inch gutters. Miscalculations can lead to the gutters not performing well, not to mention the risk of damage to your roof and walls.
2. Gutter Length
It is not mandatory to have a gutter circling all around your roof. The most important consideration is that a gutter should run at the bottom of any slope.
So, if your building has a hip roof, meaning it slopes on all sides, then go for an all-around gutter installation. On the other hand, you will do well to install gutters just below the slopes if you have a gable roof.
3. Extension Past the Shingles
The standard width of gutters for residential properties is usually less than what would be a good fit for a commercial building. Whatever the size of your gutters, you want a significant portion of the gutters to extend past your roof's shingles. This way, the gutters are in a better position to catch all the water and lead it to the downspouts.
4. Distance from the Roof's Edge
Your roof's pitch, downspouts placement, and other factors will inform the proper distance from the roof's edge for your gutters. In most cases, a clearance of a few inches works great. Your gutter installation should sit well behind your roof's drip edge. This prevents water from slipping through the gap left and into your sidings.
5. Gutter Pitch/Slope
Your gutters should be properly pitched. Without a slope, water will pool in your gutters and not flow toward the downspouts. Similarly, if the gutter slope is too sharp, the gutters won't be able to hold as much water, not to mention the poor aesthetics. Your building's structure and the kind and length of gutters installed will inform the right amount of gutter slope.
A highly skilled and experienced gutter installation expert will know to get the size specifications, clearances, and slope of your gutters right. Only then will your guttering system serve its function well.
Contact a professional to learn more about gutter installation.