Gutter Sizing Guide

PROPER GUTTER AND DOWNSPOUT SIZING DESIGN OF ROOF DRAINAGE SYSTEMS ROOF DRAINAGE The roof is one of the most essential parts of a building as it protects occupants, contents, and interior of the structure from the elements. Once an architect has determined the kind of roof he intends to use, he must give equal attention to the design of the roof drainage system. Factors to be considered in the design of roof drainage systems are the area to be drained, size of the gutter or gutters, downspouts, outlets, slope of roof, type of building, and appearance. ROOF AREA TO BE CONSIDERED The design capacity for a roof drainage system depends on the quantity of water to be handled. The quantity… Continue reading »

Gutter Position: Recommended Gutter Pitch and Position on an Eave

There are two factors that go into determining gutter position on the eave, the pitch of the gutter and the roof slope.Gutter should be pitched 1/16″ or greater per foot for proper drainage. Gutter can be run level for appearance but addition downspout will be necessaryGutters should be placed below the extended roof line so that snow and ice can slide clear.  Steeper pitches require less clearance. Required Clearance of Gutter Below Extended Roof Line  Roof Pitch                              Clearance Below Extended Roof Line 0 in 12 – 2 in 12                                            1” 3 in 12 – 5 in 12                                            ¾” 6 in 12 – 8 in 12                                            ½” 9 in 12 or Greater                                          ¼”

What You Should Know About Adjusting Your Gutter Machine

Adjusting and properly maintaining your gutter machine is integral to prolonging its life. Most machines will last 30 years or more when properly cared for, which means they can pay for themselves dozens of times over. Here, you will learn more about how to properly adjust and maintain your gutter machine to get as much out of it as possible for as long as possible. What You Should Know about Machine Adjustments and Repairs If you notice that gutters are coming out of the machine curved (either uphill, downhill, into the house, or away from the house) or with other issues, then the most common culprit for this is incorrect material alignment. The metal feeds through the machine’s varying roll… Continue reading »

5 Tips for Preparing Your Gutter System for Cold Weather

There’s a chill in the air once again, and that means it is almost snowy season for a large swath of the nation. Like your car and the rest of your home, gutters can benefit from some winterizing and preparation before the freezing temperatures hit. Here are five tips for making sure your gutters are up to the challenge. 1 – Clean Your Gutters Thoroughly The first and arguably most important step in winterizing your gutters involves ensuring that you have removed all the leaves, twigs, and other debris from the entire length of the system. Ice can form around clogs, which can cause a bevy of problems – some of which can cause tens of thousands of dollars in… Continue reading »

What Kinds of Metals Can You Put Through a Gutter Machine?

There are a wide variety of metals available on the market today, but not every gutter machine can accommodate every metal that exists. Understanding the metals that you can use in your company’s gutter machine will help you make better decisions about what to buy. The most common metals used in portable and stationary gutter machines are aluminum, copper, and galvanized steel. Aluminum Aluminum is the lightest and most flexible of all the gutter metals in existence today, and this means that you can put aluminum through just about every single gutter machine on the market, whether you’ve chosen a 5″ half-round or a 7″ K-style gutter machine. Aluminum is an incredibly versatile metal that offers your clients the best… Continue reading »