Rain gutters are vital to keeping your property safe and well-drained, so your gutter system must be well-placed and well-maintained. Your gutters are constantly being battered by the elements like rain, sunlight, and strong wind, as well as debris such as leaves and dirt, so they must be installed correctly to last.
Rain gutter installation should be done by a professional company like The Rhino since mistakes made in gutter installation can be catastrophic for the structure of your home.
Here are our top tips for proper gutter placement to ensure the longevity of your gutters and the protection of your property!
Tip #1. Choose the Right Type of Gutter
There are a wide variety of gutters made from different materials, which can be overwhelming, But our experts at The Rhino will always recommend the most durable option that is within your budget.
The most common gutter materials are:
Most houses use a K-style gutter in either 5 or 6 inches wide. Sizing will vary depending on the predominant weather in your region as well as the exterior appearance of your property.
Our team at The Rhino will help you choose the right gutter style, size, and material that is best suited for your property.
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Tip #2. Slope Calculation
This is a crucial aspect of any rain gutter installation. When you study a rain gutter system from the ground, it looks like it is parallel to the roofline of the house. But in reality they are slightly inclined so rainwater can flow properly to the downspout without any problems.
Every gutter project has conditions and dimensions which require exact measurements, but to ensure adequate drainage, your gutters should be pitched approximately ¼ inch per 10 feet.
These measurements must be as accurate as possible because:
- If the pitch is too moderate, rainwater won’t be able to reach the downspouts and will cause your gutters to overflow, which can then leak all over your home’s siding or cause other water damage.
- If the pitch is too sharp, it will not work properly and will not look right on the facade of your home.
For long gutters such as those that are 40-feet long or more, the slope or pitch of the gutters should begin in the middle, thus diverting the water to the downspouts at each end. This incline ensures that the water runs downwards and away from your roofline.
Because this is such a crucial aspect of gutter installation, think twice before DIYing a gutter installation, and instead call The Rhino Gutter Company for all your gutter installation needs!
Tip #3 Gutter Placement
Most people incorrectly assume that gutters should be placed right on the roofline. This is incorrect because it will allow rainwater to touch the underside of the roof and cause damage over time.
To prevent this, gutters should be placed a few inches lower than your roof to protect the components of your roofing system.
Tip #4. Hanger Spacing
The proper hanger spacing of your gutters will depend largely on the climate of your area. If you live in a drier climate with infrequent rain, you can hang gutter hangers close to the middle of the gutter with a spacing of around 36 inches apart.
For rainier climates like Tampa Bay, gutter hangers should be hung at least 18 inches apart.
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Tip #5. Flashing Installation
Installing gutter flashing under the shingles of your roof and over the back edges of the gutters will help prevent water from running behind your gutters and mitigate any rot or deterioration that may occur over time.
A Gutter Guard system can also prevent debris such as leaves, dirt, and other organic material from accumulating in your gutters and clogging your gutters.
Expert Seamless Gutter Installations
Ready to get gutters installed on your home or need to upgrade your current gutter system? Our team at The Rhino Gutter Company is ready to help! We can help you decide what gutter size, material, and style are right for your property to ensure that your home is protected from Tampa Bay’s rainstorms.