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Gutter Placement 101: Choosing the Best Location for Your Gutters

Gutter Placement 101: Choosing the Best Location for Your Gutters

Residential homeowners know the value gutters provide. However, they may not understand the intricacies of gutter placement, spacing, and hanging. We will explore the daunting topic of gutter placement and answer critical questions.

Does My Home Need Gutters?

Nearly every home benefits from having gutters installed. Gutters provide an effective rainwater drainage system that cannot be managed nearly as efficiently using either nothing, or other alternative methods. Gutters help substantially lessen or prevent moisture intrusion into the home’s interior. As a result, the chances of mold, mildew, wood rot, and water damage are reduced or eliminated.

Gutter and downspout close Up

How Many Gutters Should A House Have?

When homeowners ask this question, they typically mean, “Should I have gutters around the entire house, or just a part of it?” Historically, gutters were often installed on the front of the house, or portions of the house, where homeowners wished to avoid water runoff from the roof directly onto particular surfaces, such as sidewalks, patios, decks, driveways, and landscaping.

Modern architectural advancements in home designs, including roof layouts, typically mean newer and substantially larger homes possess sophisticated roofs with many different pitches. Because of this, these homes frequently necessitate gutter installation around the roof’s perimeter rather than in selected exterior areas.

With every angle and slope on a roof, water channels somewhere. Gravity dictates that decision. However, where water naturally flows may not be in the best interest of the home or property. Above all, gutters help water drain efficiently to avoid catastrophic water damage to the house.

What Homeowners Need To Know About Gutter Placement

While homeowners may believe that gutters must abut the roofline, this assumption is incorrect. Ideally, gutters should be placed a few inches below the roofline. They need to extend beyond the roof shingles, not align with them. 

With proper gutter placement, rainwater does not pull back up on the roof’s underside or cause the fascia boards to be exposed to excess moisture. However, the gutters should not be situated too far away from the roofline because it risks improperly draining off the roof.

To further expound on this gutter placement issue, gutters must be tucked under or behind the roof’s drip edge. That way, water can follow the drip line safely to the gutter. Ultimately, the objective is to ensure that water channels correctly away from the home.

Installing gutter system

For water to flow to downspouts, gutters must be slightly inclined toward the downspouts. In other words, they should not be precisely parallel to the roofline, as water will pool in the gutters. The slope must be approximately ¼ of an inch per 10 feet of gutter. 

Ideally, a downspout will be placed at every 30-foot interval of the gutter line. With a long single-piece gutter of 40 feet or more, the downward slope should start in the middle of the gutter and channel water to a downspout at each end of the long gutter.

How many hangers a gutter system should have installed depends on the local climate. In areas where accumulating snow and ice is not a meaningful factor, hangers may be placed up to 3 feet apart. There is little to no concern for excess force on the gutters.

In regions primarily accustomed to snow and ice, hangers must be much closer to one another. Snow and ice can place significant pressure on the gutters. The general recommendation is for hangers to be spaced no more than 1½ feet apart.

Installing Gutters: Choosing The Right Roofing Contractor

For the average homeowner in Norwood, MA, and surrounding communities, installing gutters may represent the difference between safely channeling water away from their home and catastrophic water intrusion. In Massachusetts, gutters on a home are not “nice to have.” They are a necessity. 

At O’LYN Roofing, we understand the intricate nature of gutters. They are not designed to be “one size fits all.” Quite the contrary. Gutters must be tailored to a home’s unique profile and the surrounding landscape to ensure water flows away from the house and collects elsewhere.

If you own a home in the Norwood, MA, or surrounding area, and have questions about the condition of your current gutters, or want to explore the benefits of installing new or replacement gutters, contact the knowledgeable and experienced roofers at O’LYN Roofing today. We will evaluate your gutters and offer solutions for your consideration.