Which size gutters will protect your home the best?
Gutters are available in different sized widths. Average gutters measure 5 or 6 inches. For the average home, the difference between a 5-inch gutter and a 6-inch gutter is an increase of 40% more water. That 40% increase of water makes it into the gutter instead of at the base of your home. Another advantage is the downspout used with 6-inch gutters. Larger debris can pass through them with ease, cutting down on your need for gutter cleaning.
What Determines if Your House Needs Oversized Gutters?
The roof of your house will determine which gutter is needed. A larger surface area on the top of your home increases the amount of snow and rainwater that flows down into the gutters. If your home is expansive with a large roof, talk with a St. Louis gutter company about the benefits of 6-inch gutters. The way your roof slopes will also make a difference. Steeper pitches cause rainwater to roll off faster and will require a gutter system that is large enough to handle the volume. Homes in St. Louis with a peaked roof top should be looking at the larger gutter systems.
Metal roofs are also known to facilitate the flow of water as opposed to asphalt or tile roofs. If you have areas of your home’s exterior where the gutter runs for 40 feet before a downspout, the 6-inch gutter will be recommended. You will be able to install 6-inch seamless gutters.
How Does a Wider Gutter Affect the Look of Your Home?
Oversized gutters will not detract from the appearance of your home. From the outside, the 6-inch gutter system looks just like the standard 5-inch variety. The affect it has will only be noted in the reduction of damage and erosion around the immediate perimeter of your home.
If you are getting ready to upgrade your gutters, or you are having trouble determining what is causing consistent overflowing, call Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 for help. We will look over your current system and help you come up with the right solution to best protect your home, while making sure it looks great.