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Are 5 Inch or 6 Inch Gutters Better?

21 November 2018

If you’re in the market for gutters, there are two statements that likely apply to you.  First, it’s not a purchase you’ve made recently.  Second, you’re probably overwhelmed with all of the options available to you.  One of the biggest questions you’ll probably run into is size.  If you’re asking yourself if size matters, it truly does.  Two of the most common sizes are five and six inches.

Five inch gutters can hold significantly less water than six inch gutters.  This can quickly result in overflowing gutters, especially if they’re clogged. This can turn into water coming back towards your home instead of being directed away from it. Potential consequences include foundation problems, an overwatered lawn, and mud splashing against your siding. All of these elements detract from your home’s curb appeal.

Having a six inch gutter allows more water to be collected inside the trough. Once inside the trough, it can properly distribute it into an oversized downspout and away from your home’s foundation. Six inch gutters offer the ultimate peace of mind because they assist in the dispersing water away from your home to protect its foundation, siding, and fascia boards.  All of these items contribute to overall health of your home.

                  LeafGuard® Brand Gutters are the Solution     

LeafGuard® Brand Gutters are a six inch gutter that provide exemplary control of water flow.  They are installed with a 3×4 downspouts versus a 3×2 “typical” downspout. Having an oversized downspout provides the benefit of directing a higher amount of water away from your home. In fact, LeafGuard® gutters direct twice the amount of water away from a home than ordinary downspouts. They have earned the coveted Good Housekeeping Seal of approval, are accompanied by a no-clog guarantee, and have a seamless design.  LeafGuard® is the first step in improving its appearance while simultaneously cutting out the extra attention of cleaning.

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