When it comes to gutter installations, you can’t go wrong with working with professionals. This is because while the installation process might seem straightforward, there are specifics to it that require expertise.
These specifics include:
Gutter placement – Gutter systems are designed to catch rainwater so it makes sense that they are installed right next to rooflines. However, this is incorrect. Gutters actually have to be installed a few inches lower than rooflines. Unfortunately, this is a mistake that many DIYers risk making.
Gutter slope – Gutters may appear level, but they actually have slope, pitched at around 1/4 inches for every 10 feet of horizontal run. When gutter slope is too low, rainwater can’t properly flow into downspouts, resulting in pooling water and even overflows. When gutter slope is too steep, on the other hand, gutters will appear misaligned with roofs, negatively affecting a property’s curb appeal. Experienced gutter pros will know how to ensure your new gutters are sloped properly for best performance.
Hanger spacing – Gutters need hangers for support. To properly distribute weight, gutter hangers have to be spaced right. In areas with a lot of rain, they have to be spaced no more than 18 inches apart, for example, while they can’t go over 36 inches apart from the center in areas that see minimal rain.
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