Are wider rain gutters better?

The extra inches with wider rain gutters do matter when it comes to a gutter’s ability to do its job

Rain gutters are an important part of your home’s exterior. They are meant to divert rain water away from the foundation of your house.

Usually, the standard size for a gutter is five inches. But there are many benefits to getting six inch rain gutters instead. 

The size of your gutters will depend on the length and height of your roof. If you have a roof line under 40-feet, then you can usually get away with a 5-inch gutter. Although you may need a down spout on both ends.

If your roof line over 40-feet long you should consider 6-inch gutter.

If you are wondering why, then consider this: water can’t flow down a gutter faster than the speed at which it’s falling. This means that if the rain falls faster than your gutters can handle, then it will back up and go around them instead. And since rain falls fast enough to fill your gutters in about 10 minutes, this is something you want to avoid.

So with a 5 inch gutter, if the rain falls too fast and too hard for too long, then water will start to go around them.

Wider rain gutters have a larger capacity to handle the rainwater. 

Some roof layouts are more complicated than others depending on the size and type of the house build. Wider rain gutters will prevent standing water and flooding around the perimeter of the house’s foundation. If you need a custom gutter system, then larger gutters are going to not only fit better, but also perform better.

The 6-inch gutter offers greater protection for your house.

It is not only more durable but also has a longer lifespan than 5 inch gutters. The 6 inch rain gutter will last longer because it has a greater capacity to handle heavy rainfalls and snow runoff. 

The 6-inch rain gutter also offers better protection against ice dams. This may occur on shaded roofs during winter months when snow melts and refreezes.

Your home has a more striking look with wider rain gutters.

Choosing large gutters is not just a practical decision. They also give a very unique aesthetic to your home. They can be really striking looking, especially when combined with the right type of material.

Call Muth & Company Roofing today at (614) 682-3060 for a FREE estimate on Columbus roof repair or Columbus roof replacement.

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