gutters vs louvered deflectorrs

Old 05-07-10, 09:01 PM
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gutters vs louvered deflectorrs

I own a ranch style home (approx. 40 yrs old), it currently has gutters but constantly have problems with the them. The gutter runs are long and it seems like there isn't enough of a pitch to them to get the rain and snow run off to flow even when they are cleaned out. Just wondering if the louvered rain deflectors would be the answer for this problem. The roof also has no gables and has about a 6 pitch. Any advice would be helpful. thanks
Old 05-08-10, 07:30 AM
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One of the purposes of gutters is to get water AWAY from the perimeter of the house by means of downspouts and drainage pipes. Large amounts of water coming off a roof can cause 2 main problems, compacted ground which can cause your foundation to crack and water damage which is caused by those large amounts of water that land right next to the house.

Deflectors help with dispersing water into smaller droplets, but they do not necessarily help get water AWAY from the house. This is something only gutters, downspouts and drainage pipes can do.

Don't expect snow and ice to drain away in the winter, that is just not going to happen. Keep you gutters clean- this is something that requires periodic maintenance but is not hard to do at all. It requires no special skill other than the ability to get up on a ladder and inspect and clean. It also does not take that long to do.

Your comment about the gutters not draining is hard to believe unless they are completely pitched in the wrong direction. Even a level gutter with NO PITCH will drain, since water seeks its own level. If the gutter is clean, water WILL drain. If your gutter runs are long, it could be that they could benefit from having another drop and downspout installed at an appropriate location. The corners of a home are the most obvious location for them.

Hopefully this makes sense and will help you make a wise decision. Obviously if you only get 5" of rain per year it may not be a big deal, but the more rain you get annually, the more important it becomes to have gutters.

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