Where should gutters be placed?

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Gutter installation and placement

The process to install gutters easy looking, but you know what? There is a lot of configuring, math, and measuring that goes into installing gutters. Even professional contractors that have been installing gutters for years still refer to a gutter install checklist with each job.  

However, there are those DIY homeowners that like to do as much as they can, trying their hand at every home improvement project, and gutters are on the top of that list! With that in mind, we’re going to answer some basic questions that those DIY homeowners are thinking to themselves, but not saying out loud. 

Should I put gutters around the whole house?

Unless the roof on your home slopes in every directions, it really isn’t necessary to install gutters all the way around. Gutters should be installed at the bottom of every slope. For example, if a roof is sloped in two directions—to the front and to the back – peaking at the middle, no need to install gutters on the sides. 

However, gutters installed on the back and front of the house is recommended. Why? Because of how the house was constructed, water is already directed to run down off the roof. The gutters keep the water from pooling around the foundation and eroding the soil. 

If you decide to go forward with installing your own gutters, remember to install gutter with drip edge under the last row of roofing shingles. This allows the water to flow on to the gutters and to the downspouts, then the downspouts will direct the water out and away from the foundation. 

When you have a professional contractor install gutters, they will do the gutter install and repairs too, usually with a warranty period. If the gutters leak or come apart, they come make any adjustments and repairs as a part of the package deal you pay for. As a bonus, you’re not spending a 2 or 3 day weekend installing gutters that they can usually do in one day. 

How far should gutters be from house?

The building codes today recommend that water diversion should be ten feet away from the foundation of the house. Gutters and downspouts properly placed can accomplish this in addition to making sure any new build isn’t on the downside of a slope. The recommended grading for a house being built is six inches for every six feet.

To assist in rainwater being diverted, they are almost the last items to be installed and are installed to either fascia or the roof. The more sturdy way of the two is attaching gutters to the fascia. Some houses have crown molding where the fascia would be, so roof mounting is the only option. Rain gutters should extend past roof eaves with the drip edge under the last row of shingles.

How far should gutters extend past the house?

On most houses, the gutters are flush to the fascia, no gap at all, so that the rainwater drips off from the shingles into the gutters and on to the downspout. There should be a drip edge installed under the shingles and a gutter apron installed so there is not water running behind the gutters. 

What do you put under gutter downspout?

Rain gutters are an essential part of gutter systems. They collect the water runoff from the roof and carry it away from your home to eliminate possible flooding in the basement or foundation damage. 

If the downspouts on your gutter system aren’t long enough, you can add extensions at the end.  This will allow you to direct a specific direction and can be moved if needed.  The industry recommendation for downspout length is four foot minimum. The types of extension you can add are: 

  • Aluminum Extension
  • Buried Drain Pipe
  • Decorative Splash Blocks
  • Roll-Out Drain Sleeves
  • Rain Barrel

There are several decorative concrete or plastic things made for going under the bottom of your downspout that funnel the water further on past where it would normally exit. If you’re adding one of the above listed extension, many homeowners will place gravel or river rock under those extensions. 

Behind the downspout itself is the house, there is nothing required behind them, just make sure they are secure to the house. 

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What can you do with gutter runoff?

Maybe the rain barrel method sounds intriguing, but why do people collect rainwater and what would you do with that water? Yes, you’re hearing more and more about people setting up a rainwater barrel or cistern and they are doing it for different reasons. The biggest reason is an environmental reasons of conserving water, a natural resource that is dwindling every day. Some people are trying to minimize their water bill and use the collected rainwater around the house for watering gardens, lawn, plants, and cars. 

Gutters are not just for decorative for the exterior, they have a purpose and once you have them, you’ll appreciate them. If you have ever had a flooded basement or foundation work, you’ll know how valuable gutters can be for your home. Call 972-439-1145 today for gutters in Melissa and McKinney, TX.