While many homeowners choose to install gutters themselves, it is often a bigger do-it-yourself task than they planned. Failing to install rain gutters properly can cause serious damage to your home. For the best results, hiring a professional roofing company is a choice homeowners should consider before doing it themselves. If you do plan on installing gutters on your own, here are five common gutter installation mistakes you need to plan for.
Calculating the Wrong Pitch
To a novice eye, gutters appear to be set even on your house. The truth is they are slightly pitched between one to two inches every 40 feet. A pitch allows water to flow towards the downspouts and off of your roof. While not noticeable looking at your home, a proper pitch is crucial in minimizing debris and a pool of water in your gutter system.
Choosing Gutters Based On Price
We’ve all had those moments when researching products or services where we make a choice based on price. Saving money is necessary when you own a home. But, choosing the wrong gutters can cost you more than your initial savings. There are several types of gutters to consider including different materials, sizes, gauge, and styles. Most homes will benefit from K-style aluminum gutters, but this varies depending on your location and climate. If you are unsure which gutters will work best for your area, ask a professional for help.
Wrong Hanger Spacing
Hangers are used to properly mount gutters onto your home. For best results, hangers need to be placed a maximum of 3 feet apart. Any further apart, and you risk sagging from the weight of the rain and melted snow. As the water settles and builds up over time, the gutter system can rip away from your house, leaving you with a hefty bill to install another gutter system.
Too Many Seams
Welding or soldering your gutter system together is sometimes beneficial; but if you use too many seams or don’t make sure they are secure, the gutters can break. We recommend using seamless gutters to prevent this from occurring.
Installing with a Tilt
While installing gutters at a pitch is necessary, they should not be tilted forward during installation. Tilting allows for water to leak over the edges instead of draining towards the downspout and into your yard. When the water doesn’t drain properly, it can cause damage to your home’s foundation. Remember to use a level to prevent tilt.
Have questions? The Bealing Roofing & Exteriors team is here to help! Contact us today for a free roof inspection, and learn how we can help make the gutter installation process easy for homeowners like you.