When installing gutter systems on large office buildings, commercial buildings and residential houses with large volumes of water, a 6 inch gutter is the best solution. There is great value in using a combination of the two. Most importantly, oversized 6 inch gutters can handle approximately 40% more volume than a standard 5″ seamless gutter system. When installing 6″ gutters, we use 3×4″ oversized downspouts as well, allowing more water and debris to flow freely through the system.
We have seen an incredible increase in our number of 6″ seamless gutter installs over the past few years. We have even encountered many straight ranch, cape, and colonial homeowners interested in the larger sized 6″ gutters. Since the pitch of a roof varies so greatly on each home, designing a system custom for your roof is essential. Pitch greatly effects how the rain will flow down into the gutters. Many homeowners have found that their smaller 5″ seamless gutters seem to overflow with heavy rain easier. When choosing between a 5 inch gutter and a 6 inch gutter for your residential housing consider the following.
Under What Circumstances Do You Consider A 6 inch Gutter :
- Gutter lengths over 40’ that cannot have 2 downspouts
- Lower gutters that have upper gutters draining into them
- Long runs over 60’
- Rooflines with tremendous amounts of water concentrating to a small portion of gutter.
- Inside valleys where the water is flowing at great speed, and typically overflows during heavy rains.
Also keep in mind our gutters are available in 24 colors. However, we can often match colors outside of our regular swatches if necessary. For instance, if you want to match your downspouts to your building’s siding we most likely can. We not only offer a functional service, but we also work with you to design a system that caters to your home’s esthetic.