The gutter system is one of the most important components of your home, as it catches the rainwater that runs off your roofing system, preventing your home from suffering from water damage as a result. However, when you’re installing gutters in your home, you need to pick the right size. Otherwise, it’ll just overflow and cause water damage anyway. But how exactly do you choose the right gutter size for your home?
According to gutter installation experts, the roof pitch is one of the factors that can decide what gutter size you should pick for your home. This is because the steeper the pitch is, the more windblown rain it can collect. Thankfully, measuring a roof pitch is fairly simple; just grab a two-foot level and a tape measure and hold one end of the level against the roof. Once you’ve leveled it, measure the distance between the roof and the level’s underside at its midpoint, giving you the 12-inch run you need to calculate the roof pitch. Once you have the roof pitch, you’re now one step closer to picking the right gutter size for your home.
However, if calculating a roof pitch is too much for you to handle on your own, don’t hesitate to approach a roofing contractor for their assistance in determining your roof pitch.
Maximum Rainfall Intensity
Apart from the roof pitch, experts also recommend that you figure out the maximum rainfall intensity of your area as this can help prevent an overflowing gutter in your home. Thankfully, the U.S. Weather Bureau usually records the maximum rainfall that can occur in a 5-minute period in various regions. The general rule of thumb is that the higher the amount of rainfall is, the bigger the gutter has to be to prevent it from being overwhelmed on a stormy day.
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