These days, there are lots of resources online that homeowners can access if they wish to take on a home improvement project by themselves. While it may seem simple at first, gutter installation is actually more difficult than you think, and many amateurs often make the below mistakes.
1. Incorrect Pitch
A properly installed gutter system should have a steep enough pitch to allow rainwater to flow freely to the downspouts. Insufficient pitch will allow water to gather in the shallow areas while too much will overwhelm your gutters.
2. Wrong Positioning
Gutters that are positioned too high up on your roofline can enable water to run down to the side of your building staining or even damaging your fascia boards, soffits and siding. Gutters should be positioned a few inches under your roof to catch water that collects under the edge of your roof.
3. Not Doing Your Research
Not all houses are the same, and taking a one-size-fits-all attitude in gutter installation is a big no-no. There are many types of materials, sizes and styles to choose from, and picking the right kind is crucial to a successful gutter installation project.
4. Improper Seams
The seams are the weakest part of your gutter system so keeping their numbers down to a minimum is important. If your budget allows for it, having seamless gutters made for you by a roof repair specialist is always worth the extra cost.
5. Incorrect Placement of Downspouts
Gutters are designed to prevent rainwater from accumulating where it shouldn’t be. Incorrectly positioning your downspouts can cause rainwater to damage your façade and even seep into the foundation. Ideally, downspouts should be diverting water 8 to 10 feet away from your home.
Many homeowners want to go the DIY route hoping to save on labor costs. While this may seem like a good idea at first, it is best to hire a professional to avoid committing these mistakes that may end up costing you more money than you save upfront. Your gutters are your roof’s first line of defense against rainwater, and a properly installed gutter system can help you avoid a costly roof replacement project in the long run.
Looking to have gutters professionally installed? Look no further than Turner & Sons Roofing & Siding LLC! We have been serving the communities in and around Middletown, CT, since 1956. Give us a call at (860) 346-7405, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation today.