Choosing the right size gutters for your residential roofing structure may seem easy, but there’s a lot of things to consider to ensure that your new sluiceways can handle the rainfall your area experiences. The six-inch half rounds aren’t always the standard size for the roof.
Consider the Roof Pitch
As a general rule, roofs that have a steeper pitch can accumulate more windblown rain. Flat to 3 in 12 inch roofs have a pitch factor of 1 while 12 in 12 inch roofs have the highest pitch factor at 1.3. You can measure your roof’s own pitch factor using a two-foot level and tape measure, but we recommend you simply work with a residential roofing contractor as they have more accurate ways to measure the pitch of the roof.
Another factor you need to consider is the amount of rainfall your area experiences. The standard size six-inch half gutters can handle general rainfall, but you may need larger ones if your area experiences frequent storms or heavier rainfall. Larger gutters don’t just have a bigger capacity; they also prevent the water they accumulate from spilling.
Consider Getting Downspouts
Finally, consider getting downspouts for the gutters. These add-ons ensure that rainwater doesn’t accumulate near the house foundation, which can cause long-term damage. The size of the downspouts are relative to the size of the gutters and the amount of rainfall it has to handle every year.
AnyWeather Roofing will make sure you get the right size gutters for your home. We also offer emergency roof repair services. Call us today at (859) 908-0397 to learn more about our services. Our residential roofing services are available throughout Northern Kentucky and Dayton, OH.