Why Is Rain Gutter Slope Important?

Have you already cleaned all debris from your gutters but excess rainwater is still spilling over to the sides? You might need to look into the slope of your rain gutter.

Why Is Rain Gutter Slope Important?

Gutter and roofing expert, Coleman Roofing, sheds light on rain gutter slope and its role in having a properly functioning gutter system.

What Is Rain Gutter Slope?

Though gutters look parallel to the roof line from a distance, correctly installed gutters are actually slightly sloping to utilize gravity. The slope, also known as pitch, is the amount of gutter slant along the water flow path. It directs water to drain downhill towards the downspouts.

The proper pitch is critical to effective drainage to avoid misdirected water that might damage the structural integrity of the house and its foundation. After a rainstorm, check your gutters for any standing water. If there is, then your gutters are not pitched correctly.

What is the Correct Rain Gutter Slope?

To ensure that the rainwater will properly shed, make sure that the gutter is sloped ½ inch for every 10 feet towards the downspouts. If the pitch is too subtle, rainwater will just pool in the gutters until it overflows. On the other hand, if the pitch is too sharp, the gutters will lose some of their holding capacity and it will not look aesthetically pleasing. Lastly, make sure to install downspouts on both ends of every 30-feet-long gutter.

Achieving the proper rain gutter slope is quite tricky, so it is best to leave it to the professionals at Coleman Roofing. We have been installing gutters for years so you can be confident that your new gutters will look and work perfectly. We only use high-quality materials to ensure that your gutters will last a long time and withstand the elements such as storm damage. Call us at (225) 379-7663 for the best gutter services. We serve clients in Gonzales and Lafayette, LA.