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4-inch Gutters

4-inch gutters are a less common gutter size for the New Jersey market. However, they can be used to control runoff, protect walls, and prevent foundation erosion. They can also be used for repairs, replacements, or as add-ons to existing 4-inch gutter systems. 

 

This size gutter may be most appropriate for auxiliary structures on your property, such as small garages, gazebos, BBQ sheds or shelters, assuming that no other roofs or gutters feed rainwater into the 4-inch gutters. 

 

In New Jersey, most popular are 5-inch gutters and some owners and architects recommend 6-inch gutters for homes with larger or steeper roofs. Contact your local gutter contractor for most appropriate gutter solution. 

5-inch Gutters

5-inch gutters are the most common gutter size for Northern New Jersey homes. They can be sufficient for roofs that are 600-800 square feet in size and have a standard pitch. However, 5-inch gutters may not be able to handle water from roofs with high pitches, shingles that hang over the gutters, or roofs that have trouble with water runoff during storms. In these cases, larger gutters, such as 6-inch gutters, may be better able to handle the increased runoff and protect your home from water damage. Larger gutters can also reduce the risk of gutter overflow and prevent water from pooling on the roof, reducing strain on your home’s structure.

 

Other factors to consider when choosing the right gutter size include:

 

Downspouts: The size of your downspouts should be based on the maximum amount of rainfall your area experiences.

 

Roof style: If your home originally had 5-K style gutters, the architect may have specified that size because it was appropriate for your roof’s pitch, style, and expected rainfall.

 

Contact your local gutter professionals for the most appropriate gutter solution for your residence or place of business.

6-inch Gutters

6-inch gutters are larger and can hold more water than 5-inch gutters, which can make them a good choice for homes with steeper roofs, heavy rainfall, or frequent storms here in Northern New Jersey. They can also be used for long runs, inside valleys, or rooflines where water concentrates in a small area. 6-inch gutters can have several benefits, including:

 

Drainage: 6-inch gutters can hold up to 50% more water than 5-inch gutters, which gives rainwater more room to run and reduces the risk of overflow. This can also prevent water from pooling on the roof, which can reduce strain on the house’s structure and prevent damage.

 

Maintenance: 6-inch gutters are less likely to get clogged up because they can handle more water flow and have a larger outlet.

Protection: 6-inch gutters can cover the entire fascia board, which runs along the edge of the roof and supports the gutters, and protect it from water damage.

 

Visual impact: 6-inch gutters appear more solid and larger, which can create a focal point for your home. 

6-inch gutters can manage nearly 50% more water than 5-inch gutters. They are paired with larger 3”x4” downspouts, improving water management. The increased capacity of 6-inch gutters reduces the risk of clogs, thanks to a larger outlet that accommodates higher water flow.

 

Contact your local gutter professionals for the most appropriate gutter solution for your residence or place of business. 

7-inch Gutters

7-inch gutters are larger than standard gutters and can be useful in situations where smaller gutters may not be able to handle the amount of water. This size of gutters is not as prevalent in New Jersey as 5-inch or 6-inch gutters. 

 

7-inch gutters can be used to:

 

Collect water: 7-inch gutters can extend further past roofing tiles to collect more water, especially from roofs that overhang the roof fascia. This can be helpful in areas that experience heavy rainfall or have roofs with complex designs, such as tile, metal, or Spanish style roofs.

 

Reduce damage: 7-inch gutters can reduce overflow and leaks, which can help protect your home’s foundation and structural integrity.

 

Require less maintenance: 7-inch gutters can require minimal maintenance.

 

Other situations where 7-inch gutters may be a good option include valleys where water flows into a small section of gutter, wide gutter systems, and varying gutter heights.

 

Contact your local New Jersey gutter professionals for the most appropriate gutter solution for your residence or place of business. 

8-inch Gutters

8-inch gutters are the largest box gutters available and are typically used for commercial properties and large structures that need to handle a lot of water. They can be used in areas with heavy rainfall, for homes with different gutter heights, and for roof styles that require wider gutters. 8-inch gutters can also be useful for buildings with large peaks that catch rain during storms.

 

Larger gutters can help reduce the risk of water damage from overflow and prevent water from pooling on the roof, which can reduce strain on the structure of the building. 

 

Contact your New Jersey gutter professionals for the most appropriate gutter solution or gutter installation for your residence or place of business.