Why Proper Gutter Sizing is Important
The primary purpose of your home’s gutter system is to collect rainwater from the roof and to “guide” the water away from your home and into the downspouts. Unfortunately, outside of occasionally cleaning them, many homeowners don’t pay much attention to the gutters, especially the size and design. However, a correctly installed gutter system, including the sizing, ensures the water is controlled, preventing it from causing damage to the wood, siding, and foundation of your home. Here are just a few of the reasons why proper gutter sizing and design is important.
Why is Gutter Size Important?
The amount of rainwater that your gutters can handle is essential for the gutter system to be effective in routing the water away from your home. If the gutter system is too small, it can get overloaded with rainwater, making it unable to keep up with heavy downpours. A gutter system that is too small creates a waterfall effect, causing the water to spill over, ultimately forcing all of the water from the roof to fall directly on the house, the foundation and between the siding and the wood.
What Does Design Have to do With Gutters?
The design of your gutter system goes beyond the style and color. Your gutters have a crucial job of protecting your home, and the design you choose can affect how the system can do its job. For example, the bigger your roof is, the more rainwater it collects, so it needs larger gutters. There are other reasons the design is important including:
Gutter Hangers — One of the most important elements of a gutter system is the gutter hangers, which are used to mount the gutters to your home. If the hangers are spaced too far apart, they can begin to sag which may lead to pooling water in these areas. The excess load will also eventually cause the gutters to separate from the house.
Improper Pitch — The angle or pitch of how the gutters are hung is what allows the rainwater to flow evenly and smoothly away from your home. If the pitch isn’t steep enough or it is too steep, it can cause a serious problem. For example, if the pitch is too steep, it forces the water to move too quickly through the gutter system, resulting in an overflow. On the other hand, if the gutters don’t have enough of an angle, the water will sit in the system instead of flowing out. Both of these situations can lead to damages to the gutters as well as exterior problems around your home.
Too Many Seams — The seams are the weakest points of the gutter system, so it is the area that is the most vulnerable to damage. It is important to install a gutter system with the least number of seams possible; seamless gutters are a great option to avoid this problem.
When installing gutters, it is also important to properly place the downspouts and to use the correct amount of downspouts. When downspouts aren't installed correctly, the gutter system itself can experience a variety of issues, including overflow, standing water, erosion, foundation damage and insect infestations.
At Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement, we can help you select the right gutter system for your home. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for your new gutter system.