6" GUTTER...DO I NEED IT?

SOME GUTTER CONTRACTORS FIND THEMSELVES SEARCHING FOR A
WAY TO BEAT THEIR COMPETITION BY COMPARING APPLES TO
ORANGES, IN THIS CASE 6-K vs 5-K. SOME OF THESE SAME GUTTER
CONTRACTORS BOUGHT SIX INCH GUTTER MACHINES FOR USE IN THE
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION MARKET WHICH IN RECENT YEARS HAS ALL
BUT DISAPPEARED. WITH VERY FEW LARGE HOMES ENGINEERED FOR
THE
NEED OF SIX INCH GUTTER, THESE GUTTER CONTRACTORS ARE
LEFT WITH LESS WORK AND AN EXPENSIVE MACHINE THAT SITS IDLE NOT
PAYING FOR ITSELF ANY LONGER. IN TODAYS MARKET SOME
UNSCRUPULOUS  GUTTER CONTRACTORS FIND THE NEED TO OFFER SIX
INCH GUTTER WHEN FIVE INCH IS SUFFICIENT IN AN ATTEMPT TO STEAL A
JOB AWAY FROM AN HONEST COMPANY WITH THE PITCH "MORE IS
BETTER". IN MOST CASES "MORE"
IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER FOR EVERY
HOME OR SITUATION, IN MANY CASES THE OFFER OF 6-K STYLE GUTTER
IN LU OF 5-K STYLE GUTTER IS  AN ATTEMPT TO UPSTAGE THE OTHER
GUY WITH A BIGGER SO CALLED BETTER VERSION OF THE SAME
PRODUCT THAT IS MOST LIKELY
NOT NECESSARY FOR EFFICIENT
HANDLING OF NORMAL RAINFALL.

THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO PUT PROFIT AHEAD OF CONSIDERATION FOR THE
HOME OWNERS ACTUAL NEED OF THE PRODUCT.

IF YOU HEAR ANY OF THESE PITCHES YOU MAY WANT TO QUESTION THE
CONTRACTORS MOTIVES.

SALES PITCH
SIX INCH GUTTER WILL LET THE LEAVES AND OTHER DEBRIS WASH RIGHT
DOWN THE DOWNSPOUT WITH NO NEED FOR COVERS.

IN REALITY
A LARGER GUTTER ACTUALLY WILL HOLD MORE DEBRIS THAN A
STANDARD FIVE INCH GUTTER AND IS NOT SELF CLEANING.

SALES PITCH
FOR THOSE TORRENTIAL  DOWNPOURS 6-K STYLE GUTTER CAN HANDLE A
LARGER VOLUME OF WATER THAN 5-K STYLE GUTTER.

IN REALITY
TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS ARE RARE IN MICHIGAN AND EVEN SIX INCH
GUTTER CAN BE OVERWHELMED AND OVER FLOW.

SALES PITCH
SOMETIMES A SALES PERSON MIGHT SAY THEY ARE EXPERTS IN
EVALUATING YOUR ROOF AREA AND PRESCRIBING 6" GUTTER AS THE
CURE ALL TO YOUR PROBLEMS

IN REALITY
YOUR HOME WAS ENGINEERED BY AN ARCHITECT AND APPROVED BY AN
ENGINEER BOTH OF WHOM HAVE EXTENSIVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN
THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDING PRODUCTS AND THEIR
SUITABLE USES. SO IF YOUR HOME WAS ORIGINALLY FITTED WITH  5-K
STYLE GUTTER, IT'S MORE THAN LIKELY THAT THE ARCHITECT SPECIFIED
5-K STYLE BECAUSE IT WAS ADEQUATE FOR YOUR ROOFS PITCH, YOUR
HOMES STYLE AND THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL EXPECTATIONS FOR THE
AREA YOU LIVE.  
5/8
1
6
4 7/8
3 7/8
4 5/8
9/16
6-k
5-k
5
3 5/16
3 7/16
9/16
3 7/16
5/8
9/16
COMPARE THE DIMENSIONS OF 5-K vs 6-K
NOTE THAT 6-K GUTTER WILL COVER AND IN MOST CASES HANG
OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE FASCIA BOARD AFTER PITCHING ON
HOMES NOT DESIGNED TO HAVE MORE THAN 5" GUTTER.
UNLESS YOU HAVE A HOME WITH A ROOF DESIGN SIMILAR TO THE
ABOVE PICTURE YOU PROBABLY WILL NOT NEED 6-K STYLE GUTTER.
THE TWO ABOVE HOMES WERE ORIGINALLY DESIGNED WITH  4-K STYLE
GUTTER WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS ALL THAT WAS AVAILABLE
ABOVE HOME ENGINEERED WITH
5-K STYLE GUTTER
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