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Gutter systems. Which system for what roof? Stamford Westport Connecticut

Gutters are the most common draining system found on roofs.

These systems are part of residential as well as commercial roofs.

The best draining system is to have a slightly slanted roof where water will run off with no gutter. Many small roofs are normally designed to be slanted in one direction to drain the water off. In most cases, these roofs will have a gutter attached to remove the water away from the building.

Gutters have one common problem – they get full of debris and leaves.

Pros and Cons of a Gutter system:

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Leads water away from building in a controlled way
  • Needs to be cleaned on a regular basis
  • Hard to clean due to gutter brackets
  • Freezes up during winter causing Ice damming
  • Easily damaged and gets dirty on the outside
  • Requires a lot of maintenance

What are gutters for?

  • To lead water away from the building’s foundation
  • To prevent water spilling over the roof onto windows and doorways
  • To prevent flooding in certain areas
  • To catch leaves (just kidding)


If you can avoid a gutter – do it at all cost. They cause a lot of problems

Gutter Spouts

Problem: The spout on a gutter is normally too small. Leaves will block the spout almost instantly.

Answer: The best answer is to install a larger downspout and down pipe. In this picture, the down spout and pipe are 3″ in diameter. This can be replaced with a 4″ diameter spout and down pipe.

During winter the down pipe on a gutter will freeze up and water will not be able to drain off.

 Frozen Gutter

When a gutter freezes up like in this picture below, water will pool on the roof side under the snow and eventually leak into the house. Many times when someone tries’s to break the ice from the gutter, the gutter gets damaged.

Gutters are leave catchers. They should be cleaned almost every week.
Three inch downspout that gets blocked with leaves easily. Bigger downspouts could help alleviate the problem.
During winter gutters freeze. The ice blocks the water from getting to the gutter creating a dam of water on the roof. This will force the water into the roof under the shingles.