Gutter installation can be tricky and dangerous for those without experience with the project. Professionals have the right tools and proper training for the task. For your safety and to avoid unnecessary costs, it’s best to leave the job to experts.
Here are some of the most common mistakes DIY-ers commit when installing gutters.
Picking the Wrong Gutters
Gutters are available in various materials, sizes, styles and gauges. While each of them has pros and cons, choosing the wrong kind for your home can cause multiple problems. You should consult your contractor about shingle size the right gutter width for your house.
Most residential homes use K-style aluminum gutters that are either five or six inches wide from side to side. Another thing you need to consider is the gauge of the gutter. The standard is 26 gauge but it’s safer to choose 32 gauge, especially if you live in an area that experiences harsh weather.
Incorrect Roof Pitch Calculation
The slight pitch in gutters encourages water to properly flow towards the downspouts. It’s usually not noticeable, but it helps in flushing debris and keeping gutters clean. Properly pitched gutters will prevent water from backing up to the roofing, saving you from roof repair costs.
Using the Wrong Gutter Hanger System
Gutters are secured to the house using a mounting system of hangers, which should be properly spaced to provide the structure with sufficient support. Improper spacing or using the wrong hangers can cause the gutters to sag. Water will settle in lower places, adding more stress to the system until it eventually gives in.
Avoid these issues by hiring a reliable gutter installer like Cantrell Roofing, LLC. You can count on our team of experts superior gutter and roof replacement services. Call us at (903) 848-9494 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation.