How do you know how many downspouts to install for your gutter system? At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we’re here to help. We provide quality insulation installation and gutter installation and repair services across the Triad area. If your home or business is located in Greensboro, High Point, Burlington, or surrounding areas in North Carolina, let our professionals help you with all your insulation and gutter needs today.
If it’s time to replace your gutters or downspouts, it’s important to know the difference between the two. A gutter is a channel installed at or just below the roofline at the edges of your home where the roof slopes downward. Gutter systems have a slight pitch downward, which encourages rainwater to flow down toward the corners of your home through the gutters and into the downspouts.
Downspouts are the pipes that run vertically along the side of your home. They are connected at the top to a hole in the gutter channel, and the other end bends outward and sits several inches above the ground. The purpose of this is to force water to flow away from the home when it exits the pipe.
So how many downspouts do you need? Typically, one downspout should be installed per 20 feet of guttering, but depending on a few factors like local weather, the size of the drainage area, and the design of the gutter system, more downspouts may be necessary.
Poorly designed or poorly installed gutters and downspouts can cause rainwater to pool around the base of the home or back up into the gutters. This is a huge issue, as it can cause serious damage to the roof or foundation of your home. These problems can cause even more issues, such as a basement flooding or damage to the inside of your home.
Make sure to have your gutters and downspouts inspected and cleaned at least twice a year. This will help you see leaks when they occur as opposed to much later, after more damage has been done. The best way to keep gutters and downspouts in shape all year round is to have a gutter protection system installed. Gutter covers may help.
When it comes to how many downspouts you need, we recommend relying on the help of a professional. At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we will inspect your home and recommend the perfect number of downspouts for your home, ensuring the protection of your house and your family in it. Call us today!