Gutters are those part of your roofing system whose purpose is to direct water that falls on the roof to the ground, acting as the drainage system, so that the water will be directed away from the house. Such is the importance of gutters that if the installation of these components is wrong, the purpose could be defeated and you could face many weather related concerns. The basic rule therefore for this drainage system to work as expected is to install and properly position the correct type of gutters on the house, in order to divert water from the roof, siding, and foundation of the house.
Note that using the right size of gutters is crucial for the drainage system to perform well. Know that there are several models of gutters that will meet the needs of your house, and the bigger your gutter system, the more the system can perform to avoid clogging especially if your home is located with many woods or trees around. Most homes would install the common shaped gutters of either U or K shape, with diameters of channels that are 4, 5, 6 inches and a 3 inches or 4 inches square rectangular downspouts. The material of the gutter comes in either 25 gauge which is considered as satisfactory in several locations, and 32 gauge as seen to be better in handling tough weather condition.
There are areas that face extreme weather condition like heavy ice, snow or rain and hurricanes, of which in either case where your house is located, you may get the opinions of the expert so that your needs can be addressed properly.
Making sure that the pitch is right is another matter that you should consider about your gutter system so that it can properly perform its drainage function. It is recommended that for every 40 feet of length, there should be a gentle slope of the gutter towards the downspout by about an inch or two so that materials won’t block the gutters.
As gutters are installed, these should be fastened at the right intervals so that these will not sag as the length becomes longer. Attaching the gutters to the building for every three feet or less, using straps, brackets or hangers, is the proper or recommended way.
The proper location of the gutters is another important consideration when installing your gutters, for this will ensure that the water will flow to where it should go, and this location is to be a few inches from the edge of the roof which can be protected with a drip edge.
Using gutter materials with lesser seams is better to implement when installing the gutters.