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. Because of the purpose of the gutters, installation of these parts should be done correctly in order to avoid several weather related problems. It is therefore important that you get the right kind of gutters and install them properly on the house, so that the water will be diverted from the roof, siding and foundation, thereby making this type of drainage system work properly and as expected.
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. The most common shape of gutters are U or K shaped, with channels of 4, 5, 6 inches in diameter and with rectangular downspouts measuring 3 inches or 4 inches square. 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.
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. In order for matters not to block the gutters, it is advisable that there is a gentle slope of the gutter by around an inch or two for every 40 feet length of the gutters installed.
Another important aspect to consider in the installation of gutters is that these should be fastened properly as the right intervals so that no sagging will occur eventually of your gutters. The proper way to fasten the gutters is to attach them to the building using straps, brackets, or hangers for every three feet or less of length.
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.