Gutters are that part of your house that would direct water falling on the roof to the ground and away from your house thus serving as the drainage system of 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. Thus for this type of drainage system to function property as what it is intended to be, it is necessary that not only should you install the right type of gutters, but also position them properly on the house so that the water will be diverted from the roof, siding and foundation.
Note that using the right size of gutters is crucial for the drainage system to perform well. There are many different models available in the market for your gutters, and it is good to know that the bigger the gutter system you will set, the better job the system can do in order to avoid clogging, especially if the location of your house is surrounded with trees. 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.
For houses located in extreme weather conditions like hurricanes, heavy snow, ice or rain, it is advisable that the homeowners would talk to a professional who can recommend the best type of system for your location.
In order to properly assist the drainage, another important factor of your gutter system is its correct pitch. 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.
In order to avoid sagging of gutters, these should be properly attached at proper intervals of length. To avoid sagging, the proper way to attach the gutters to the building is the use of straps, brackets or hangers, with a pacing of every three feet or less.
To make sure that the water goes to where it is should flow to, the gutter should be properly located a few inches from the edge of the roof which has the drip edge protection.
Professionals know that it is better to use seamless products that will minimize seams when gutters are installed.