When you’re getting a new roof and need a gutter system, choosing the proper gutters is essential. Gutters that aren’t big enough will constantly overflow and allow debris to build up.
Gutters for homes typically come in 5-inch or 6-inch sizes. While this might not seem like a significant size difference, that extra inch affects how much water your gutters can handle. Gutters that are 6 inches can hold up to 50 percent more water than 5-inch gutters. However, not all homes need 6-inch gutters. The following measurements can help you decide which type your home needs.
1. Depth and Shape
The depth and shape of gutters matter when choosing the right size. K-style gutters and half-round gutters are shaped differently, but K-style gutters can hold more water overall. Both K style and half round are available in 5-inch and 6-inch sizes. Regarding depth, 6-inch gutters are deeper than 5-inch gutters, allowing them to handle higher volumes of water.
2. Length of Sloped Side of Roof
How much roof you have in terms of square footage can affect the gutter size you should get. If the sloped side of your roof is long, it has to handle a larger volume of water flowing over it when it rains. In this case, 6-inch gutters are usually the best choice. If the sloped side of your roof isn’t as long, 5-inch gutters might be a good choice.
3. Roof Pitch
The pitch of your roof refers to its steepness. A steeper roof usually needs 6-inch gutters to handle more water that runs down your roof surface when it rains. These gutters can hold a larger volume of water and direct it away from your home.
A home with a lower or flatter pitched roof can have 5- or 6-inch gutters. Depending on how much rain your area gets, 5-inch gutters might be able to handle water flow since it occurs slower on a lower-pitched roof.
If you need more information on sizing new gutters for your Jacksonville home, please contact StormForce. We can help you with all your roofing needs to ensure your home is safe from water damage.