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Emilie J. Toft Gutter Guards June 10th, 2018 - 16:41:08
There are cases where due to a large expanse of roof area a larger gutter may be required. Five inch gutters are available that resemble the four inch standard size. The downspouts are increased to four inch from three inch to accommodate the extra water flow. If the downspouts are undersized the water will wash over the outside lip of the gutter defeating the entire intent of the gutter and possibly damage the house or landscaping below. Also available are gutters called "Yankee Gutters". These are built into the roof itself and do not protrude from the roofs edges.
The good news is that there is one more design to look at and that is of a gutter protector which uses two rows of interspersed louvers in the front portion of the gutter cover to replace the one long fin. Because of the size of the louvers nothing longer than 3/4" can enter the gutter. Whats more is that in order for anything that size to enter the gutter it has to hit the louver perfectly. The other difference is that the width of the opening for water to enter the gutter is only 1/8" instead of 3/8" further and sufficiently limiting the size of the debris. Visual inspections after twenty years of service (thats right not one or two years but twenty) shows that as the water cascades into the bottom of the gutter it causes a swirling which constantly stirs up the bottom of the gutter moving what little debris enters the gutter toward and down the downspout. Yes the hopes of self cleaning gutters for all types of trees--locust pine oak ash and so on is a reality today.
Tug on the downspout. Remember many pounds of water will be flowing through this pipe at one time during a storm and in winter areas freezing rain or ice and can freeze solid in the pipe. If your wall brackets are not properly nailed or not enough straps are used the downspouts will surely fail. Lastly a good investment is to place splash blocks under the outlet at the bottom of each downspout. Even if the downspout exits onto an asphalt or concrete driveway use a splash block. Rushing concentrated water from a downspout will quickly damage your driveway or patio surface.
There are also some quite good washer attachments that fit on the end of a garden hose that will let you wash out the gutters from the ground or a small ladder. There are many types of leaf guards that fit inside the top gutter lips to prevent leaves from entering the gutter. Some work quite well some not at all. There is one type of "gutter" system that in fact is not a true gutter at all These are called rain guards rain splashers and so on. They are a series of finned sections that in cross section look like a louver blade.