There’s nothing wrong if you decide to install your new gutters yourself or hire a newbie to save some money. However, you should be aware of the rookie mistakes that are common during gutter installation. Make sure to avoid these so that you can ensure long-lasting gutters and prevent additional expenses.
Gutters are typically designed with a slight pitch to enable proper flow of water to the downspouts. The pitch is usually a 1- to 2-inch decline for every 40 feet of length, which is hardly noticeable. Before installing gutters, make sure to determine the right pitch in order to ensure they will properly function.
Wrong Gutter Type
There are different types of gutters to choose from, and the best choice usually depends on what your home requires. Typically, K-style aluminum gutters with a five- or six-inch width are recommended for residential homes. Moreover, a 26-gauge gutter is generally acceptable for standard use.
If you live in an area that experiences a rainy climate or extreme weather events, you should consult an expert. Using the wrong type of gutter system may cause problems for your home, and it may not be able to provide adequate protection for your roofing and foundation.
Too Many Seams
If your gutters have too many seams, this could mean an increased risk of leaks or structural damage. The seams are often subjected to extreme elements, such as rain, temperature and force. With multiple seams in your gutters, the entire system could be susceptible to breaking, cracking or other physical damage. That said, seamless gutters are generally considered more durable since they are custom-fit and have no seams.
With our expertise in siding, gutters and roof installation, you can have peace of mind that Safe Harbor Exteriors can deliver top-notch results. To learn more about our services, call us at (913) 553-3620, or fill out our contact form. We serve homeowners in Shawnee and Kansas City.