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Why Install a Larger 6-inch Gutter System?

One size does not fit all, but in our opinion, bigger is always better.

Quality Seamless Gutters are ‘made to order.’ Each gutter system is custom built on-site, guaranteeing the perfect fit for each home. While 5-inch gutters are an option, Quality Seamless Gutters recommends the installation of 6-inch gutters to get the most out of your investment.

Why gutters at all?

The main purpose of gutters is to divert water off the roof. A gutter system works by collecting roof run-off and channeling it through downspouts. The downspouts then carry water away from the home to prevent water from accumulating around a home’s foundation. Water damage to a home’s foundation can lead to sinking or shifting, along with a plethora of other issues. Signs of damage include the appearance of cracks in the walls and/or ceiling, separating flooring, bowing walls, and/or sticking doors and windows. Gutters are an easy way to protect your foundation and by extension, your entire home. 

Go big, or go home. 

If a gutter system is not large enough to accommodate the amount of runoff from the roof, overflow occurs. Overflowing gutters can cause even more damage than no gutters at all. In addition to the original pooling problem near the foundation, overflow can also cause damage to the roof line and fascia, potentially leading to a weakened foundation and leaks into the home from above. In comparison to 5-inch gutters, a 6-inch gutter system doubles the amount of water diverted away from the roof/foundation. Steep-pitched roofs are at a particular disadvantage when it comes to heavy or wind-driven rain. Due to the incline, oftentimes 5-inch gutters are unable to accommodate the rush of water, and the troughs overflow. Alternatively, 6-inch gutters are able to withstand nearly twice the amount of water as 5-inch gutters, and are much more likely to prevent overflow during heavy rainfall.

Recently, there has been no shortage of rainfall, and those April showers have not yet arrived. In order to prepare your home for the next big downpour, consider upgrading your gutter system to larger, 6” gutters. One inch may not seem like that much of a difference, but the image above shows how much of a difference the small measurement makes for gutters and downspouts.  Stop by our office to see the difference in person and to view our available color options. To schedule a FREE 6” Seamless gutter estimate, stop by or call our office at (919) 444-5042.