Some homeowners want to save money by installing their new gutters themselves. They should be very careful because rookie mistakes during a gutter installation can cause leaks and water damage.
Not Calculating the Pitch Properly
Your gutters may look even, but they actually have a slight pitch to allow rain to flow into your downspouts. This pitch is very gradual and is typically not very noticeable. In general, your gutters should have 1 to 2 inches of decline for every 40 feet of length in order for it to function properly. Fortunately, a professional gutter company knows how to properly calculate the amount of pitch a gutter system needs. They perfectly can also install your new gutters.
Improperly Spacing the Hangers
As a gutter protection expert, we have to stress the importance of carefully spacing your gutters’ mounting or hanger system. If the hangers are improperly spaced, then your gutters will sag once it rains. A professional gutter installation company will use the gutter hangers according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure that your gutters will have the appropriate support.
Choosing the Wrong Gutters
There are a wide range of gutter materials, styles, gauges and sizes. Choosing the wrong kind of gutters for your home can cause problems. A gutter installer must understand how to choose gutters based on the amount of rain that will flow off the roof. Gutters that are too small will simply overflow and cause water damage to the rest of the home.
These gutter installation mistakes aren’t worth the initial savings. Hiring a professional gutter company to do the job for you is better because it keeps you off ladders and ensures a perfect installation. If you plan on getting new gutters for your home, then consider installing our Gutter Helmet® gutter protection system as well. Gutter Helmet will greatly reduce the risk of gutter clogs and improve your new gutters performance. Call us at (817) 495-7278 to learn more about our services and products or to request an appointment.