When it comes to gutter installation, it is essential to understand where they should be placed on your house to function efficiently. Rain gutters should be attached to the house right before it is completed. Alongside downspouts, gutters work by collecting rainwater from the roof and channeling it safely away from your home’s foundation. They should be affixed to extend beyond the roof eaves to collect rain and hail runoff effectively. 

Where to Install Gutters Around the House

Typically, gutters don’t have to be installed on all sides of a house along the roof edge. You need to consider the slope of the roof to make this decision. For example, if your roof slopes in all directions, you will probably need gutters installed around the entire perimeter of your home. If that’s not the case with your roof, you only need gutters installed along the bottom of any slope (mainly on the back and front sides of the house). 

Roofing shingles are typically organized to direct rainwater down the slopes, and that is where the gutters come into play. The pitch of your roof will dictate the exact placement of your gutters. A reputable gutter specialist will discuss your options and help you choose a gutter system to fit your budget and accomplishes the task it is designed for.

Additionally, gutters are attached to one or more downspouts to carry water to the ground. Downspouts are typically placed near a corner of a home at the steepest angle to allow smooth runoff. They are meant to keep water away from your home’s sides. Enclosed downspouts can also connect to a drainpipe to enable the water to flow into a garden or an underground piping system for recycling. 

Overall, correctly placed gutters and downspouts will collect rainwater and direct it safely away from your home’s foundation. Pooling water has a nasty habit of eroding your home’s architectural elements and washing away gardens and landscaping. 

Get Expert Help!

Rain Gutters are critical for the overall condition of your building. Installing a gutter system may look simple and straightforward on the surface, but a solid gutter installation requires years of experience and knowledge. Improper gutter placement might just cost you a great deal of inconvenience in the long run. If you’re seeking expert gutter repair or replacement services in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island, Couto Construction is your ultimate partner. We install seamless rain gutters in different sizes, colors, and styles to match your exterior home décor. Contact us today to get a free estimate!