Gutters are one of the necessary structural part of your home which serves as a drainage system, of which the main purpose is to direct the water falling on the roof to the ground and away from your premise. Because of the purpose of the gutters, installation of these parts should be done correctly in order to avoid several weather related problems. It is therefore important that you get the right kind of gutters and install them properly on the house, so that the water will be diverted from the roof, siding and foundation, thereby making this type of drainage system work properly and as expected.
The first thing to know is that using the right size of gutters is a key for a good performance of this drainage system. There are many different models available in the market for your gutters, and it is good to know that the bigger the gutter system you will set, the better job the system can do in order to avoid clogging, especially if the location of your house is surrounded with trees. Most homes would install the common shaped gutters of either U or K shape, with diameters of channels that are 4, 5, 6 inches and a 3 inches or 4 inches square rectangular downspouts. Another important aspect of the material of the gutter is its gauge, with 25 gauge as being enough and 32 gauge as better for handling tough weather if your house is located in such weather condition.
If your house is located in extreme weather condition areas like hurricanes, heavy snow, ice or rain, it is then best to get the advice of a professional in order to get the best type for your needs.
In order to properly assist the drainage, another important factor of your gutter system is its correct pitch. The recommendation is that for every 40 feet length of gutters installed, it should slope gently slope by an inch or two towards the downspout, this way any material passing on the gutter will not block the system.
As gutters are installed, these should be fastened at the right intervals so that these will not sag as the length becomes longer. Attaching the gutters to the building for every three feet or less, using straps, brackets or hangers, is the proper or recommended way.
The next important matter in installing gutters is their proper location to make sure that the water will go to where it is supposed to go which is a few inches from the edge of the roof, with a drip edge protection.
During installation of gutters, it is best to minimize seams.