Deciding on the correct gutter size for your home can be daunting. After all, gutters are vital in protecting your home from water damage. In this post, V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, Inc. shares insight in finding the perfect gutter size.
The standard residential gutter size for areas that experience moderate levels of rainfall is between 5 and 6 inches. On the other hand, if you live in a home located in an area that experiences heavy rainfall, you might want to go for oversized gutters that can catch large volumes of water.
Roof Size and Pitch
The size and the slope of your roof also impact the amount of rainfall your gutters will need to handle. A steeper roof means that water runs off faster; thus, oversized gutters might be needed.
The material of your roof can influence how quickly water runs off. For instance, water runs off faster from metal roofs than from tile or asphalt shingle roofs. Thus, you might need a wider gutter if you have a metal roof.
The Design of the House
Traditional homes with roof overhangs might shed water away from the walls, necessitating more undersized gutters. In contrast, modern designs with minimal roof overhang will need more oversized gutters to prevent water from spilling over.
The material of your gutters can also affect the size needed. Copper and stainless steel are more robust and can support larger sizes, while vinyl or plastic may need to be smaller to avoid sagging.
The Potential Issues With Wrong-Sized Gutters
Incorrect sizing of gutters can result in various aesthetically and structurally problems. Here are some common issues that may arise due to wrong-sized gutters:
- Overflowing Gutters. If your gutters are too small, they won’t be able to handle the water coming off your roof during heavy rains, leading to overflow. Overflowing gutters can lead to water damage on your house’s siding, windows, fascia and foundation.
- Premature Sagging and Separation. Inadequate gutter sizing can lead to a disproportionate weight distribution, causing gutters to sag or separate from your house. This added stress on the gutter system can hasten the deterioration of the brackets and fasteners.
- Basement Flooding. Excess water overflowing from incorrectly sized gutters can seep into your basement, causing water damage, mold and even structural issues. Preventing basement flooding is one of the primary functions of a well-designed gutter system.
- Landscaping Damage. Excessive water runoff from overflowing gutters can damage your home’s gardens, landscaping and hardscaping features. The excess water can wash away mulch and soil and damage plants near your home’s perimeter.
- Ice Dams and Roof Damage. In cold climates, the wrong gutter size may result in ice dams forming, particularly when gutters become clogged or unable to drain melted snow efficiently. Ice dams can damage roofs, leading to leaks and increased heating costs.
Remove the Guesswork by Working with Gutter Experts
You won’t be playing guessing games with inches and other measurements when you have local gutter experts on task. At V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding Inc., we’re always ready to help you make the best decisions for your home. Don’t hesitate to call us at (203) 639-1634, or fill out our contact form to reach us.