Gutters Should Slope A Little

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Gutters should slope a little in order to drain properly. The better a gutter drains, the less debris will accumulate. When water stands in a metal gutter, it also increases the likelihood of rust occurring.

Contractors often recommend that a gutter have a slope of 1/16 to ¼ inch per foot.

No gutter slope

Builders often do not slope gutters because they feel that it reduces the architectural appeal. People may interpret a sloping gutter as poor workmanship, without realizing the need for the sloping.

Long gutters can also create a drainage or sloping issue at times. Having a downspout every 40 feet or less is often recommended.