All about Gutters

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Gutters are not something that you typically think of until they are malfunctioning.  They are very important though because when they are not working properly this can cause damage to your foundation or water intrusion in your basement.

What is the Standard gutter size?

 The standard K-Style gutter size for a residential house is five-inch.  You can also get this style gutter in six-inch size.  

In most cases five-inch should be sufficient, however, if you are having overflow problems six-inch may be a better option to move more water. 

On the left side is a larger 6 inch gutter and on the right side is a 5 inch gutter.
6″ gutter profile (left) 5″gutter profile (right)

What are Splash Guards used for?

Splash guards are typically installed on inside corners of gutters or in an area where water is coming from an upper roofline.  These will help prevent water from spilling over the gutter in areas of high water flow. 

Inside Miter with Splash Guard and Outside Miter with Splash Guard
Inside Miter with Splash Guard and Outside Miter with Splash Guard

What size downspout should you use?

We offer downspouts that are 2×3 inch in size and 3×4 inch in size.  If six-inch gutters are installed, 3×4 inch downspouts must be used.  You can also install the larger 3×4 inch downspouts on your 5-inch gutters.  It would be beneficial to use the larger 3×4 inch downspouts in all situations, these can handle more water flow. 

For proper drainage, a downspout she be placed about every 40 linear feet. 

3x4 spouts (left) 2x3 spouts (right)
3×4 spouts (left) 2×3 spouts (right)

Should you have Leaf Protection installed?

Some benefits to using Leaf Protection are that you are guaranteed you will not have a downspout clog and that it is easier to clean your gutters with Leaf Protection. 

A common misconception about Leaf Protection is that it will make your gutters maintenance free.  Even when you have Leaf Protection installed, there will still be some maintenance.  They will need to be wiped off periodically.  Just keep this in mind when deciding if Leaf Protection is for you. 

At Carlson Exteriors, we use Shur FloX Leaf Protection. This is a product that is put on top of your gutter, it does not go underneath shingles.  It will not void any roof warranty you may have. 

Shur FloX only attaches to the gutter – not the roof.
Shur FloX leaf protection has ridges so no leaves get stuck and cannot blow off.JPG
Shur FloX leaf protection has ridges so no leaves get stuck and cannot blow off.JPG

Behind the Scenes with Shur FloX

Shur FloX leaf protection has ridges so no leaves get stuck and cannot blow off.JPG

This blog is part of a series. Search our site for “behind the scenes” to read other articles in the series.

Shur FloX is a hassle-free leaf protection. It’s an all aluminum protection system so you don’t have to worry about it warping or deteriorating over time. Tiny holes that pierce the leaf protection allow water or any small debris (that won’t clog) to run down the gutter and out the spout. The ridges promote air flow – allowing dry debris to blow right off.

Shur FloX leaf protection has ridges so no leaves get stuck and cannot blow off.JPG
Shur FloX leaf protection has ridges so no leaves get stuck and cannot blow off

Did you know that so many leaf protection systems actually void your roof warranty?  Shur FloX really shines because it doesn’t tamper with your shingles. This is why Carlson Exteriors chooses to use Shur Flox and no other brand. Most gutter guard brands will advertise the wonders of their product and will not mention how their product impacts other products already on your home. Asking how a leaf protection will affect your roof warranty is not a question homeowners think to ask – nor should it be! That’s why you’ve hired an expert to help you.

Having a gutter leaf guard that needs to be secured under your roof shingle will void any roof warranty.
Having a gutter leaf guard that needs to be secured under your shingle will void any roof warranty.

If you look at the images below, you will see that Shur FloX only attaches to the gutter and will not interfere with your shingles.

 

Click here to see Carlson Exteriors’ page on Shur FloX

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