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. 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. Gutters come in different models that could meet your needs, and take note that the bigger the gutter system, the better the system can do in order to prevent clogging, especially if your area is heavily wooded. 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.
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. The recommendation is that for every 40 feet length of gutters installed, it should slope gently slope by an inch or two towards the downspout, this way any material passing on the gutter will not block the system.
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.
The next important matter in installing gutters is their proper location to make sure that the water will go to where it is supposed to go which is a few inches from the edge of the roof, with a drip edge protection.
Using gutter materials with lesser seams is better to implement when installing the gutters.