Six inch gutters are an upgrade from five inch gutters and can hold a much larger volume of water, almost 40 percent more. They are one inch wider and one inch deeper than the standard five inch gutters. Homes or residential buildings with large roofs, or roofs with steeply-pitched elevations often require six inch gutters in order to capture the large amount of rainwater and redirect it to the ground. Although six-inch gutters are primarily used for commercial buildings, they are becoming more popular for residential homes as well. In areas with heavy rainfall, the water just can’t escape as fast as it is raining. Smaller leaders can lead to the gutters becoming more easily clogged. If you are experiencing clogged gutters or water overflow, you should consider upgrading to a six-inch gutter system.
Six inch gutters also allow debris to pass through them easier and more efficiently, as the debris has more room to be flushed out. However, even six inch gutters require regular cleaning and maintenance. Most six inch gutters are paired with 3-by-4 inch rectangular downspouts. With the combination of the two, this gutter system will provide a more efficient way to get water off the roof and away from the home. Six inch gutters can be made from a large variety of materials, including aluminum, bronze, stainless steel, or vinyl. Gutter guards, heater cap, or gutter screens can also be installed on five or six-inch gutters.
No two gutter systems are alike because each home requires a different size and type to best fit its needs. Gutters can come in all different sizes, but most homes need gutters to direct the flow of water away from their homes during rain storms. The two most common shapes that gutters come in are a “U” or “K” shape. The size of gutter that is right for your home depends on many factors. Five-inch gutters can be used on a variety of different roof styles and can hold a significant amount of water for their size.
Contrary to popular belief, four inch gutters cannot be made into K style or seamless K-style gutters. Only under rare circumstances, like if homes are historic, do they require four inch gutters. Usually when homeowners ask for four inch gutters, they are measuring the smallest part of the gutter, or the bottom side. However, when measuring the top of the gutter, you will find that five inch gutters are the standard size. Five inch gutters are adequate in moving water away from the home for most residential homes. For five-inch gutters, the standard leader or downspout size is 2-by-3 inch. Sometimes, 3-by-4 inch rectangular profiles or 3- or 4- inch round pipes are used, but these are usually for 6-inch gutters. Most residential homes will use 5-inch aluminum K style gutters, but 5-inch gutters can be made from a variety of materials, including bronze, stainless steel, or vinyl.
It is extremely important to have a gutter system that is installed correctly, so that water runs smoothly from the roof to the drain system. However, it is also important to have a gutter system that is appealing. Bronze gutters are the perfect addition to any home, especially since they will blend in better with darker roofs or provide an accent piece to light-colored siding. Bronze gutters look great on almost any type of home, from colonial to stone to wood-style homes! Both aluminum and steel gutters can be manufactured in bronze. Bronze gutters can be installed in the traditional K-style or half-round. K-style gutters have flat bottoms and backs, and the front side of the gutter usually has a decorative shape, such as a curve, that mimics crown molding. Half-round gutters are shaped like half-round tubes and are often are found on older, historic homes. The bronze color is baked-on to ensure low maintenance and keep your gutters looking just like new, even long after the initial installation.
Aluminum bronze gutters, or any other color, are a cost-effective choice that will compliment your housing style. Bronze aluminum gutters are lightweight and durable, from the rainy spring into the fall and even through the snowy winter. Steel bronze gutters are another option. Steel is very strong, resists rust, and can be easily painted to get the bronze coloring.
Gutters, including Aluminum Gutter Systems, are the first line in defense in protecting your home from weather damage and are essential for keeping your home in good working order. Having good quality gutters eliminates many problems that your home could experience without gutters. Some of these problems include: unstable soil around the house, which can lead to foundation problems, flooding in or around the house, especially in the basement, water damage to the siding of your home, and cracking in the sidewalk, patios, or driveway. Water runoff can even stain stone or brick work! Proper gutter installation and maintenance are essential to ensuring your home can withstand any weather conditions.
The Aluminum gutter is the most commonly used gutters by homeowners. They became popular more than 30 years ago, when they were considered a breakthrough technology compared to the previous gutters made from galvanized steel. Unlike the galvanized steel gutters, aluminum gutters do not rust and can be easily painted or molded to fit the shape of the roof. Aluminum gutters are available in 5 or 6 inches. The standard gutter size is 5 inches. For homeowners considering an upgrade, 6-inch aluminum gutters can hold more water and prevent the overflow of water. When we install aluminum gutters, we secure them to the fascia with hidden hangers and screws every 24 inches. All strip miters are secured with painted stainless steel screws and sealed. These gutters can also come in a variety of different colors to match the roof line. The color is baked on in the factory. Even with the colors, aluminum gutters will not oxidize, rust or change color as fast as other traditional gutters. This ensures that your gutters will not only work well, but also look good for many years to come!
A stainless steel gutter system is more commonly used for commercial properties, but some residential homes can benefit from installing them. Stainless steel gutters are one of the strongest rain materials available and can normally last between 50 to 70 years. The stainless steel gutter is made from a mixture of steel and chromium, which is where it gets its shiny appearance when polished and rust-proof properties. Almost any size or type of gutter can be made in stainless steel, including K-Style stainless gutters, half round stainless steel gutters, and stainless steel box gutters. A stainless steel gutter is also available as curved or radius gutter sections.
Stainless steel gutters are eco-friendly and very similar to their counterparts, zinc and copper gutters. However, stainless steel gutters will stay shiny much longer than other metal gutters, especially if the metal is periodically cleaned. These strong gutters can withstand much harsher conditions than aluminum gutters can, without cracking or warping from intense heat. They are also corrosion-resistant and will stay in place even during severe weather conditions, from rain to snow or ice. For this reason, stainless steel gutters are perfect for homes near the beach or salt water.
Since the stainless steel gutter is so strong, it is the best option for commercial buildings, or in abusive and high traffic conditions. Galvanized steel gutters is an affordable option, but stainless steel gutters are more rust-resistant than galvanized steel and are longer-lasting. In addition, stainless steel gutters will not change color like copper gutters can or dull over the years like galvanized gutters. Stainless steel is much easier to install than copper because of its light weight and material. With a little bit of care, stainless steel gutters will have a lasting effect on your home.
Another option for matching your gutter to your home is with a coated gutter system. Coated steel is one of the least expensive options for coated gutter choices, along with vinyl and aluminum. Copper coated gutters are more expensive, but are worth the money for the attractiveness they will bring to your home. Copper and steel are both stronger and more durable than aluminum, and can usually even withstand ladders, fallen tree limbs, and heavy ice or snow. However, unprotected steel can oxidize, or form rust, under certain weather conditions. Having a coating on steel gutters lessens this affect. Most coatings are made by using galvanized zinc or a combination of aluminum and zinc. The aluminum and zinc-coated gutters provide an outstanding resistance to the elements.
For homeowners, architects, or business owners who want to opt for the more environmentally friendly and durable option of using copper gutters on their home, but want an earthy-grey tone, lead coated copper gutters are the perfect option. Lead coated copper gutters have been around since the early 1900s, not long after copper gutters themselves were created. With the same long-lasting and protective attributes as copper, lead coated copper gutters weathers to a matte grey color. These types of gutters are perfect for matching buildings with light-colored materials such as masonry, marble limestone, stucco and light painted woodwork. Lead coated copper gutters are available in a variety of different styles, including half-round, quarter round, seamless, and K-style.
Stone coated gutter cap is also available for those who want to upgrade their gutter system and match their roof. The stone coat gutter cap is a metal dome gutter cover system, which blocks leaves and debris from falling into the gutter. Stone coat gutter cap is the thickest gutter protection panel and can withstand severe weather conditions. This durability is due to the thick gauge aluminum alloy used to construct it. Coated gutters or gutter caps are reliable additions that provide more options for those who are looking for a more suitable color for their home.