When shopping for new rain gutters, you’ll find they come in various designs, shapes, and sizes. Assuming you’ve settled on seamless K-style gutters, which size should you choose? The standard size is 5-inch gutters, but the larger 6-inch gutters are becoming an increasingly popular alternative for homeowners. This begs the question, “Is bigger better?”
In a way, it is. 6-inch gutters have some obvious advantages over their alternative, including:
- They Hold More Water. The extra inch of depth and width increases your gutters’ capacity by about 40%. As a result, 6-inch gutters are more effective at channeling rainwater away from your roof.
- They Have a More Robust Appearance. 6-inch gutters have a pronounced appearance, which makes your home exterior look more structurally sound. They’ll cover a greater width of your fascia boards, giving your home a robust appeal.
- They Are Easier to Maintain. 6-inch gutters have wider mouths and channels, meaning there’s more room for hands and other gutter-cleaning equipment to operate.
This is not to say that 5-inch gutters are inferior. More often than not, proper gutter sizing is determined by several design factors other than the size of your fascia boards. Some of these factors include:
- Rainfall Intensity. In areas with a lot of rainfall, 6-inch gutters are preferred, since they can easily accommodate the higher drainage requirements.
- Roof Area. A bigger roof translates to more runoff when it rains. Therefore, you’ll probably need a bigger gutter.
- Roof Pitch/Slope. A steeper roof increases the rate at which rainwater flows into your gutters. This increases the water capacity requirement for your gutters, which may be excessive for 5-inch gutters.
So, while there’s no downside to choosing 6-inch gutters for your home, they may not always be necessary. We recommend leaving gutter sizing to the professionals.
Talk to us today if you’d like to learn more about which gutter system is right for your home.