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Most Common Gutter Installation Mistakes

Most Common Gutter Installation Mistakes

Gutter installation can be tricky for many reasons. To make the process seamless and easy as well as efficient, you should hire the experts at Gutter Professionals, Inc.; however, if you decide that this is a DIY project you want to take on, read the most common mistakes that are made so that you avoid them.

Choosing the Wrong Type of Gutter

There are many options when picking out the correct gutter, such as: material, size, style, shape, and gauge, which makes choosing the wrong ones too easy. Every option has its advantages and disadvantages. Make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck. Pick the most durable material that you can afford. Check in with your local gutter professionals about sizes and shapes.

Incorrect Pitch Calculation

There is a fine science of how to adjust gutter pitches in order for water to flow down towards the downspouts. This also helps debris to flow down and remain unclogged. Those who have never installed gutters before or haven’t done it often usually forget to give the gutter a slight pitch or one to two inches per forty feet of gutter length.

Inadequate Hanger Spacing

Gutters are attached to the roof via hangers which must be spaced accurately. The correct spacing provides an appropriate lift and support for the gutter. The measurement between hangers should be about three feet or less. If the installer does not properly space the hangers, the gutters could easily sag and separate from the home.

Incorrect Location of Rain Gutters

Just like the correct pitch, there is a science to where the gutters need to be located for proper water allocation. Gutters do not sit right on the edge of the roof, but actually have to be a few inches under the edge of the roof. The reason behind this is water will drip down the gutter’s backside through capillary action.

Improper Seam Welding

Gutter sections need to be welded together and then sealed to prevent leakage. Seams are typically the weakest areas of the gutters which mend that when exposed to harsh weather, they could easily crack and damage.

These potential mistakes can be very costly if not done properly during a DIY project. Contact the trusted experts from Gutter Professionals, Inc. to help with your gutter installation today!

 

POSTED ON December 27, 2016 // 0 COMMENTS

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