Choosing the right gutter size for your home is often more critical than most homeowners realize. Gutters are essential to keeping your home safe and dry, especially during heavy rain. However, navigating your way through the myriad of choices and specifications can be overwhelming. In this blog, a residential and commercial roof installation contractor discusses what gutter sizes you can choose from and the factors you must consider to find the right one.
Common Gutter Sizes
Below are some common gutter sizes and appropriate places to use them.
5-Inch K-Style Gutters: These gutters are generally used for residential properties. Also known as ogee or formed gutters, they look more decorative and less like traditional gutters. 5-inch K-style gutters are the standard size and can handle a fair volume of water.
6-Inch K-Style Gutters: Roof repair services providers primarily use these gutters in larger homes, small to medium commercial buildings, or areas with heavy rains. 6-inch K-style gutters can handle almost twice as much water as 5-inch gutters. Furthermore, they are often used with larger or steeper roofs where water flows faster and in larger volumes.
5-Inch Half-Round Gutters: This gutter size suits smaller homes or those with older, historical designs. These are less common but can add character and charm to the right home. They can manage the flow of water sufficiently for smaller rooftops.
6-Inch Half-Round Gutters: These gutters are used in larger residential homes or small commercial buildings. They can handle more water flow than 5-inch half-round gutters, making them appropriate for larger roofs or those in heavy rainfall areas.
Box Gutters: These gutters are commonly installed on commercial buildings or large homes. They’re called box gutters because of their box-like shape. They are integrated into the roof structure itself, often handling large water volumes effectively.
Factors to Consider
When choosing gutter sizes, several factors come into play. The size and pitch of your roof are crucial determinants. Larger roofs or those with steeper pitches often require bigger gutters to handle the water runoff. The intensity of rainfall in your area must also be taken into account. Areas with heavy rainfall require larger gutters to prevent overflow.
Contact Balken Roofing for Your Gutter Needs!
If you need help selecting the right gutters, call Balken Roofing at (828) 628-0390 or visit our contact page. Don’t hesitate to call us for roof replacement cost estimates too. We serve clients in Hendersonville and Swannanoa, NC.