When it comes to installations, gutter and roof installation pros say that it’s vital your gutters are properly installed. This is because you want to guarantee that they are working as they should, directing water away from your property when it rains. However, many homeowners are keen on taking the DIY route. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for disaster, making it likely for mistakes to be made and putting your gutter project at risk. What mistakes are these?
- Improper Gutter Location – Improper location of the gutters when installing them is a far more common mistake that most people would care to admit. Often this happens, because homeowners think that just because the water on your roof falls on the edge, the gutter has to go on the edge immediately. However, this isn’t actually the case as a gutter system actually needs to be a few inches under the roof’s edge instead. This is because the water that falls from your roof can be pulled back up on the underside and drip out a few inches from underneath the edge, meaning that it can completely miss your gutters if it’s directly installed on the edge of your roof.
- Wrong Gutter Type – You have a wide range of options when it comes to the sizes, styles, and materials of your gutter system and each has its own benefits and disadvantages. Since the wide variety of choices can be confusing, it can be easy to pick the wrong types, which in turn can cause problems in the long run. Therefore, when it comes to picking gutters, don’t hesitate to turn to a gutter and roof replacement expert for their advice and assistance.
- Improper Mounting – To install your gutters, they often have to be attached to the right mounting system or hangers. Then these hangers must be carefully spaced together to give your gutter system the proper support. Otherwise, it’ll sag and water will collect in the lower places of your gutters, eventually ripping them away from your home.
- Incorrectly Calculating the Pitch – Believe it or not, gutters aren’t actually perfectly even. In fact, they actually have a slight pitch that lets water flow towards downspouts. As such, it’s important that the pitch is correctly calculated when installing the gutters. If your installer makes the rookie mistake of incorrectly calculating the pitch, on the other hand, your gutters won’t work as well as it should, which could eventually lead to water damage.
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