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6 inch Gutters VS. 5 Inch Gutters
Friday, August 13, 2010 - 6:45 AM
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    Without gutters rainwater is concentrated and can cause thousands in damage to your homes foundation, driveway, porch, landscaping, and fascia board. Even clogged or leaky gutters can cause serious problems. Seamless gutters are formed on the jobsite to the homes exact dimensions. Flat coil is purchased with baked on color that never needs painting. The coil is put through the @Panther Roll Forming Machine(see Photos of Recent Work) and cut to the exact length. The @Panther Gutter Machine can form primary grade aluminum, steel, and copper.
    Some time ago people used spikes that went through the gutter into the fascia board to install gutter. Over time water travels down the spikes and into the fascia board where it freezes, loosens the spikes, and allows the gutter to detach from the fascia board and even fall off. Now, we use hidden hangers. Hidden hangers cannot be seen from the gutter face. They clip the front lip of the gutter on the inside, and snap over the back. Then a special screw is used to go through the hanger, gutter, and into the fascia where it will not work loose.

    When getting estimates there are many factors that can influence the price of the job. When estimating I always check the roofing or shingle overhang, height of downspout, total length of gutter, inside and outside corners, condition of fascia boards, and color. Some special order colors may take up to a week to get, but most colors are in stock. All copper gutters are special order and take seven to ten days to get material. When getting estimates for new gutters always ask if they are using heavy duty hidden hangers, how far apart they space them(two feet, or more?), and what type of fasteners they use(nails or screws, and are they stainless or will they rust?). All gutters require maintenance. 

     Depending on how many trees are around the house most homes should have their gutters cleaned at least 4 times a year. That's once per season. Our services include cleaning and maintaining gutters, and carry several different products to assist in keeping gutters clear, and functioning properly(see Gallery;Waterfall, Seamless Gutters are a wise investment that will not only help protect your home, but will also add value and curb appeal! 
    There are several types of gutter one can choose to install on their house. You can get half round, K-Style(Ogee) five inch or six inch, aluminum, steel, or copper to name a few. We install half round gutters, but all the material has to be ordered. The half round gutter cost much, much more. It's mostly installed on historical homes. Most people don't think it's worth the extra money to install half round gutter at a whopping $15-$40 a linear foot or more (some half round copper hangers can cost as much as $50-$75 a piece "" and leaderheads  "" can run several hundred dollars). Besides the fact that it cost so much more, it's almost like having half a gutter. It does not carry the amount of water the K-Style gutter does because there is more inside area to the K-Style gutters than the half round. So when homeowners are choosing gutters for their house it mostly comes down to deciding whether to get the 5 inch K-Style or the 6 inch K-Style. Most houses already have the 5 inch gutters on them. When we started Grace Home Improvement, I had the option of choosing a five inch machine or a six inch machine. After much installation experience, research, and talking to homeowners, it was easy to decide which machine to purchase. The six inch gutters are a wiser investment for homeowners. The six inch gutters are a more durable gutter system. They also carry more water for larger houses, and can reduce the number of downspout needed. 
    If you're the type of person to do the maintenance on your home yourself, you will appreciate the fact that the six inch gutters are easier to get your hand in and out when cleaning. Most five inch gutter systems have 2x3 inch outlets and downspout. With the six inch gutters, we install 3x4 inch outlets and downspout that allow much of the debris to pass through that would normally clog the 2x3 inch outlets. We install hidden hangers every two feet. Here are some pictures to show the difference in the two.

Difference between 2x3 inch downspout and 3x4 inch downspout.

Difference between 5 and 6 inch gutter.

Home with 6 inch gutters vs 5 in guttering

5 inch gutters (L) vs. 6 inch gutters (R)

  As the photos above show there is quite a difference between the 5 and 6 inch gutter. If you are looking for Most Functional, Most Durable, Best Value, and Wisest Investment, Choose the Larger More Superior 6 Inch Seamless Gutter for your Home Today! 

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John B.
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 2:56 PM
Connecting 3x4 downspout to existing 2x3 adapter in ground pipe
I am considering moving to 6" gutters and 3x4 downspouts from 5" gutters and 2x3 downspouts. However, the existing drain pipe in the ground has an adapter to accept a 2x3 downspout. How can you connect the 3x4 downspout to this 2x3 adapter. My understanding is that the adapters are typically "glued" to the ground drain pipe. I do not want to damage the ground drain pipe such that it would have to be "dug up" and removed. Is there some type of adapter to connect 3x4 downspout to the 2x3 adapter or is there a way to safely remove the existing adapter. In short, how do you make the connection.
AL walter
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 8:09 PM
I have regular gutters on I like to put 5'' or 6'' downspouts on can I do that or I need to replace all gutters thank you
Monday, April 09, 2012 - 3:11 PM
Need new gutters
I have old 2"5/8" gutters on a 1971 house, and I was looking to add just 2 15' sections, but I can not find that size, would it be better to install all new gutters, and if I was to go new what would be the best size, I do have pine trees around the house, so I was thinking of the pine cones and them getting caught up in the gutters. The house is around 2200 ranch style house with 8 downspouts, does that sound about right? There is an added porch cover in the back, and this is where my problem is, the gutters have leaked over time and have caused damage to the siding. There are no gutters running down the porch cover right now, but I was thinking of adding them to help with the water leaking. Any help would be great.
Joe Dotson
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 6:35 PM
Height of 6" gutter

The back of the 6 inch gutter is 5 inches tall. It is recommended to have 1/8 to 3/8 inch fall every 10 feet. It's common for the gutter to hold minimal amount of water. The sealant used in miters and at outlets can act as a dam and allow a little water to stand in the gutters. It's difficult to get gutters to drain completely when there are inside, outside corners, combined with long runs. The standing water created by the sealants and miters should never exceed 1 inch. In certain cases to get a good slope on long runs and minimize standing water the bottom of the gutter may hang slightly below the bottom of the fascia board without causing any problems. Many homes have vinyl soffit attached to the bottom of the fascia board which allows an extra 3/4 to 1 inch of slope. Thanks and have a Fantastic Day!
Saturday, November 05, 2011 - 3:55 AM
6"gutter height
How high is the back side of the 6" gutter? I have a 5 1/2" fascia and am concerned about the slope in 35 feet which should be 1/4" x 3.5 =7/8"
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 - 5:23 AM
6" gutter

It's not uncommon to see 3x4 downspouts with 5 inch gutters. But I would not recommend using the smaller 2x3 downspout with the larger 6 inch gutters. That would defeat the purpose. The 6" gutters were originally designed as commercial gutter. More and more people are recognizing the benefits of the 6" gutters and requesting them to be installed on their house. The 6 inch gutters can handle twice the water runoff than the 5 inch. I believe you should use one or the other. If you feel like you need the larger downspouts then go ahead and get the larger gutters as well. Thanks,
Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 4:34 AM
6" gutter
We are considering 6" gutters replacing our hail damaged 5" gutters. we have a high pitch roof and our current gutters always flowed over during a heavy rain. Do we need the larger downspouts also or can we use the 2x3 downspouts with 6" gutters?
Joe Dotson
Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 10:17 AM
Drip Edge

Always try to install the gutters under the drip edge unless it makes the gutters hang below the bottom of the fascia boards, or if it's not possible because the roof sheathing is bowed or the existing drip edge was not installed properly.

 Sometimes you can notch the drip where the hangers will be to allow the gutters to hang higher on the fascia. If it's not possible to install the gutters under the drip, you can always install a new drip edge after the gutters are up. We make drip edge out of aluminum coil stock and try to make it go under the shingles 3 inches and into the gutters 1 inch. Sometimes the existing drip edge can prevent giving the gutters a proper slope of 1/4 inch per 10 foot in which case we would recommend installing the gutters over the existing drip edge then installing a new one after the gutters are up.

Not all houses need drip edge. Some roofers install it mandatory. The way to tell if you need the drip edge is to look during a rain or get out a water hose and see if water runoff from the roof is dripping from between the gutters and fascia boards. Or if you can see any evidence of water going between the fascia and gutters like dark streaks on the bottom of the fascia. 

Thanks and hope this helps,
Paul Seals
Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 10:13 AM
6" gutters
I have a new shingled roof.. and all new 6"boards with drip edge all around my home...
Does the 6" gutter go on top of my 1" dripedge or underneath flush with board??
Thank You.. Paul 
Friday, October 02, 2009 - 4:34 PM
Water Volume per Downspout
Several people have emailed questions about the difference between the 5 inch gutter with 2x3 inch downspout vs. the 6 inch gutter with 3x4 inch downspouts regarding the amount of water they can carry. According to the industries leading experts the 5 inch gutters with 2x3 inch downspouts can handle 600 square feet of roof per downspout while the 6 inch gutters with 3x4 inch downspouts can handle 1200 square feet of roof per downspout.

The national average to have new aluminum seamless gutters installed is around $5-to $12 lin/ft. This depends on gutter guards, difficulty, and several other factors. Normally you can purchase the larger six inch gutters for about a $1 more per lin/ft than the 5 inch, and occasionally offset that additional cost by not having to install as many downspouts. Feel free to ask any questions you have here on the comment section. Thanks for reading and have a Fantastic Day!
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