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What is the standard gutter size?

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Asked by: Candace Watkins

5 inches5 inches, but homeowners can choose 6-inch gutters instead. While traditional 5-inch gutters are a common choice among homeowners, 6-inch gutters can hold significantly more water.

Should I get 5 inch or 6 inch gutters?

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.

What is the best size gutter for a house?


Most homes can be satisfied with 5″ gutters. Houses with larger roofs may require 6″ gutters because they flow more water. 5″ gutters and 6″ gutters can both be used together for different areas.

What is standard gutter downspout size?

5 inches and 6 inches gutters are the most common sizes installed for residential use. However, 7, and 8 inches are available although the larger sizes are more suitable for larger buildings or business properties. As far as downspouts go, they run at 2″x3″ and 3″x4″ in size or 3 or 4 inches in diameter.

How do I know what size gutter I have?

Gutter size is determined by measuring across the top of the gutter. To help you understand gutter measurement and dimensions, here is a relative comparison in size between 2×3 inch downspouts vs. 3×4 inch downspouts… likewise, a comparison between 3 inch round downspout and 4 inch round downspout.

Do I need 6 or 7 inch gutters?

All tile and metal roofs should have a minimum size of 6 inch gutters. In some cases where the tile is set very high above the roof line, water will shoot out further. In this situation, a 7 inch gutter is needed. 7 inch gutters are also needed if the roof is HUGE.

Are 6 inch gutters too big?

Typically we recommend 6 inch aluminum seamless gutters for 5 scenarios: you have a really steep roof – when you have a really steep roof, sometimes the water can over shoot the 5 inch aluminum seamless gutter system so upgrading to 6 inch aluminum seamless gutters is a great option.

Are oversized gutters worth it?

The extra inches do matter when it comes to a gutter’s ability to do its job. Larger rain gutters have a larger capacity to handle the rainwater and leaf debris that flow through it. This means less risk of clogging and better protection against water damage, especially when those heavy storms hit.

How long can a gutter run be with one downspout?

gutter capacity and length. To limit the effects of thermal expansion in gutters 50 ft(15.3 m) is a practical maximum length of gutter to be served by a downspout.

What type of rain gutters are best?

Vinyl and aluminum gutters are considered two of the best types of gutters because they are cost efficient, meaning that for what they cost, they do their job well. And they are not over the top expensive either. Stainless steel gutters are another great option, but they come with a heftier price tag.

Are Seamless gutters better than regular gutters?

One of the obvious benefits is seamless gutters are stronger and more reliable than sectional gutters because it is one piece of gutter which provides added rigidity and strength. Also, because seamless gutters are made up of one continuous piece of gutter, they substantially reduce the chances of leakages.

What gutters last the longest?

Copper gutters have the longest life span, reaching upwards of 100 years.