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What Could go Wrong with a DIY Gutter Installation Without You Even Knowing?

What Could go Wrong with a DIY Gutter Installation Without You Even Knowing?

Gutter installation can be tricky for many reasons. To make the process easier and more efficient, you should consider hiring a local and professional gutter company.

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 Gutters

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 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. This is a very common mistake that goes without notice until it is too late and your gutter starts sagging as the water and debris is sitting stagnant.

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 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.

All of these mistakes can go unnoticed upon completion of your gutter installation, but truly stand out once you have water damage in or around your home. When it comes to installing gutters on your home to protect your property, it may be best to trust the pros. Contact the experts today from Gutter Professionals, Inc. for more information about gutter installation on your home.


POSTED ON February 28, 2017 // 0 COMMENTS


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