One of the best ways to keep the roof on your North Port or Sarasota area home in great condition is to make sure your gutters are in good condition. A properly installed gutter system will reduce the chance of leaks and other problems that can cause costly damage to your home. It is important to realize that a gutter system is more than just a few lengths of gutter material attached to your home.
In order to efficiently redirect rainwater as it comes off your roof, each length of gutter material needs to be installed on a slope, without dips, throughout each section. Generally, a slight incline of one or two inches is needed for every 40 feet of gutter installed. Installation should include good quality hangers to attach the gutter to a secure part of your home, such as a rafter. Paint, protective coatings, and caulking may also be needed.
Improper gutter installation will prevent water from flowing efficiently toward the downspouts. Instead, water will remain and eventually cause damage to the gutters, such as holes that result from corrosion. In addition, the stagnant water will become a breeding ground for annoying mosquitoes.
Downspouts Play an Important Part
The next thing to consider is the downspouts. If your downspouts are not installed to direct water away from the foundation of your home, you may end up with a flood in your basement. Another concern is whether the water is being directed to an area that has poor drainage, which may need to be addressed.
There is a science to determining the correct size downspouts for your gutter system, which is based on the square footage of your North Port or Sarasota home’s roof. A 2-inch by 3-inch downspout is sufficient for draining a roof that is 600 square feet. For larger roofs, up to 1200 square feet, a 3-inch by 4-inch downspout is recommended. Different sizes can be mixed or matched for larger roofs.
Cut Down on Maintenance with Gutter Guards
Your gutters need to be cleaned at least twice a year and in some cases more often to remove leaves, sticks, and other debris that may accumulate. One way to cut down on this messy chore is to have gutter guards installed. By limiting the amount of debris that can enter your gutters, you will reduce the chance of clogs that will interfere with proper drainage.
In North Port and Sarasota, a gutter system plays an important role in your roof’s ability to shed water away from the home; having it installed correctly is essential. At Mark Kaufman Roofing, we can help your gutters perform more efficiently by installing the The Rhino Gutter Guard.
Contact Mark Kaufman Roofing for more information on how you can extend the life of your gutters with a gutter protection system.