Gutter System Optimizations

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Gutter Repair

Reconfigure Your Gutter System So That It Works As Efficiently As Possible

Gutter system optimizations are small tweaks to your gutter system that can help it perform better overall. Small upgrades like extending downspouts or adding splash guards to problem areas will help improve the functionality of your system.

The main purpose of the gutter system is to catch as much of the rain water from your roof as possible, then direct that water away from the home. The less water that splashes around the foundation of your home the better. We’ll clue you in on every upgrade possible that could improve your flow and/or drainage.

Please use our free estimate form to inquire about any of these upgrades, or give us a call or email.

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Add Additional Downspouts to Long Gutter Runs

Sometimes gutters and downspouts simply become overwhelmed because of the volume of water that needs to pass through them. Adding additional downspouts is a good way to relieve the pressure and spread the flow.

loose gutter spike

Replace Gutter Spikes with Gutter Hangers/Brackets

Gutter Spikes are the old school (outdated) way to mount gutters to the home. They are basically a big nail that comes loose faster and faster each time until they no longer hold. The hole simply gets too wore out.

If your spikes keep coming loose, it is time to upgrade to heavy duty hangers that won’t come loose.

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Re-Pitching Gutters Towards The Downspout

Water is not able to flow uphill. Therefore, all gutters need to be pitched towards the proper downspout so that the water can easily drain. It’s important to make sure all gutters are pitched correctly.

2x3 and 3x4 downspout comparison

Up-Size Downspouts: 2x3" to 3x4"

One 3×4″ downspout is almost as wide as two 2×3″ downspouts. Larger downspouts allow more water flow volume and are less likely to clog.

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Downspout Tie-Ins: Connect Upper Level Downspouts Into Lower Gutter Systems

Anytime a downspout empties out onto a roof it is causing unnecessary wear and tear to your shingles. Another issue is it overloads the lower gutters. We always recommend to tie into the lower gutters wherever applicable.

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Downspout Extensions: Extend Downspouts Away From Home

Downspouts that empty out too close to the home cause extra wear and tear to the homes foundation and are also the leading cause of basement leaks.

Extending your downspouts is one of the cheapest steps you can take towards preventing your homes foundation from water damages.

5" and 6" gutter

Up-Size Gutter Size : 5" to 6"

Larger sized roofs and also steeper roofs may require larger sized gutters (6′”) to properly handle the volume of water. The steeper the roof the faster the water moves, therefore sometimes a larger gutter is the only solution to catch the water.

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Splash Guards

Install splash guards to areas where water splashes over the gutters. This is most common under roofing valleys or seams where sections of roof meet and the water forms a channel.

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Gutter Returns: Install Corner Gutter Section Under Roofing Valleys To Catch Water

Sometimes a small gutter is required to go around a corner to properly catch the water. We call these Gutter Returns. They are also perfect for installing splash guards to corners.

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Fascia Board Wrap

The boards that gutters are mounted to are called Fascia Boards. To preserve the life of these boards you can have them wrapped in aluminum material called fascia wrap. This wrap prevents the wood from contacting water. Rake Boards are also able to be wrapped to preserve life.

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Drip Edge

Drip Edge is basically a flashing that goes along the edge of the roof (roofing eave). It’s purpose is to guide the water into the gutter, instead of it going behind the gutter.

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Gutter Covers

Gutter Covers are a very common upgrade to the gutter system. They keep the debris out of the gutter system but still allow the water to drain into the gutters.

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