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Close view of newly installed gutter

You may have a high-quality gutter system, but if improperly installed, it can still fail. This is the reason you should rely on a professional installer for your gutter replacement. One of the most important aspects that your contractor will prioritize is the slope or pitch of your new gutters. Carolina Gutter Helmet and More, a gutter protection company in the area, discusses the proper way to pitch your gutters in today’s post.

What Is Gutter Slope?

Gutter pitch or slope refers to the amount by which the gutters slant downward along the path of the water flow. Water will pool and spillover their sides of the gutters if they aren’t pitched correctly. Another problem with improper sloping is the gutter system may look off to the naked eye.

Gutter Pitch 101

What’s the ideal gutter slope? Most gutter guards installers set the slope at a one-quarter inch per 10 feet of guttering. This means a 25-foot section of guttering should have a downspout end 5/8 inch lower than the other end. Note that all guttering must slope toward the nearest downspout.

How to Determine Gutter Slope

Your gutter contractor will calculate the slope of a gutter before hanging it, using a long string and a string level. They will then determine the location of the downspouts and measure the length of the string and calculate how much slope is needed.

Entrust your gutter installation to a reliable company like Carolina Gutter Helmet and More. We offer durable gutters to protect your home from water damage. For maintenance-free gutters, our team installs Gutter Helmet®, a surface tension gutter guard system. Call us today at 864-303-5955 or 972.427.4418. You can also fill out our online form to learn more about our products and services. We serve residents of Spartanburg, Tryon, and Chapin, SC.