The purpose of a gutter system is to collect water from the roofing area and disperse the water away from your home.
Properly configured downspouts (leaders, drain pipes) are very essential to safety of your home. A faulty gutter system can contribute to damage to soffit & fascia, shingles, building foundations, driveways, walkways, and landscaping.
Can you install your rain gutters with a level pitch?
It is most definitely not a good idea to have your gutters installed level! this would lead to water standing in the middle or a end of the gutter , leading to clogs with debris, and in the winter time lead to larger ice dams.
What causes ice dams?
There are varying reasons for ice dams to happen, heat loss from your house, ventilation of your home, amount of snow, and the change in the outside temperature. Snow melts and runs down your roof from the heat that is being lost and then forms a ice dam where the temperature changes which is usually at the gutter edge, then freezes. this frozen edge then causes any other water that as been melted to pool or pond on or above this now frozen edge, which then also freezes. This event continues to happen and ice dams continue to grow til you have a huge icicle hanging over the edge of your gutter.
Is there away to prevent ice dams?
Yes, take a look at King Heat Cables
to answer that question.
What is .032″ seamless aluminum?
The number before seamless aluminum is the gauge or thickness of the rain gutter material. there are two gauges, .027 and .032. Premier Seamless uses only .032 gauge aluminum, which is the strongest and heaviest gauge that can be used. This makes your gutter stronger to with stand the weight of ladders set upon it and also from being damaged from dents and falling limbs,etc.
Why should I choose the larger 3×4 downspout size?
With the larger 3×4 downspout there is less chance of the gutter getting clogged from debris, it can better handle heavy rains, and larger roof systems. So always a good choice.