5-Inch Vs 6-Inch Gutters

5” vs 6” K Style Gutters – What’s the difference?

You already know the benefits of a seamless gutter system, but we know you’ve been losing sleep wondering what the difference is between 5-inch and 6-inch gutters and which is the right choice for your home. Good news! We’re here to break down details of the two most common gutter sizes so you can make an informed decision.

The most common gutter used on homes in and throughout Michigan is called K-Style 5-inch gutter. This is most likely the gutter system on your home and that of your neighbors, and its design dates to around the time of the 1940s. Over the years, as homes have increased in size, surprisingly the gutters have stayed the same. In fact, we often see the same 5-inch K-style gutter with 2? x 3” downspouts used on both a 4,000 sq. ft. estate and a 900 sq. ft. cabin. So why do builders always use the same sized gutters and downspouts?  Probably to save money.   Of course, the quick and cheap solution is rarely the best one. In fact, these low-capacity gutters can result in overflows, which can damage your roofline, landscaping, and even your home’s foundation.

When it comes to gutters – bigger is better!

The purpose of your gutter system is to collect rainwater and divert it away from your foundation. When a gutter system must collect water from large roof areas or has to carry water long distances, it is wise to have larger capacity gutters and downspouts.  6-inch gutters are thicker and stronger than an ordinary 5-inch residential gutter and can handle up to 50% more water. The 6-inch Gutter also comes installed standard with larger 3? x 4? downspouts that discharge water up to four times faster than traditional downspouts. This is especially beneficial during heavy rainfalls that may only last for a few minutes.

  • Handles 50% more water
  • Installed with 3? x 4? downspouts
  • Many popular colors to choose from
  • Discharges water up to 4x faster
  • So, do I need new gutters?

Look for the following:

  • End caps or miters are leaking
  • cracks or splits of any kind
  • Paint peeling on or around your gutters and/or flecks of orange.
  • Pools of water or signs of mildew around your home’s foundation.
  • Water damage or water marks directly beneath the gutters.
  • Gutters sag or have begun to pull away from the house

The Verdict!

6-inch gutters can handle almost 50% more water than 5-inch gutters. They are installed with bigger 3”x4” downspouts for better water management. 6-inch gutters are less likely to get clogged up because they can handle more water flow, and they come with a bigger outlet. If you have a small home with a roof that isn’t very steep, 5” gutters will suffice. Otherwise, go for 6” gutters. Whichever size you decide to go for call Energy Plus today for your free estimate.

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