Many homeowners like to tackle maintenance and home improvement projects themselves to save money. There are many jobs that are relatively simple, but installing gutters is not one of them. There are several common mistakes that inexperienced homeowners make when installing their own gutters that can cause damage to a house.
Choosing the Wrong Gutters
One of the most common mistakes is choosing the wrong type of gutters. Gutters come in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials with their own pros and cons. The type you choose will depend on the design of your house and the type of roofing shingles it has. You should not simply choose the cheapest gutters because they could be the wrong fit for your house and could prevent water from draining correctly.
Not Attaching Seams Properly or Having Too Many Seams
Gutters that are installed in pieces need to be welded or soldered together. They should be installed with as few seams as possible to prevent leaks. Seamless gutters are a better option than gutters with seams.
Installing Gutters along the Edge of the Roof
Homeowners often assume that since water runs off the edge of the roof, the gutters should be installed along the edge, but that is wrong. Gutters should be placed a few inches under the edge of the roof so water will not be sucked up into the roofing shingles by capillary action. Drip edge can be installed under the first row of shingles so water can flow from the edge of the roof to the gutters and protect the roof and siding.
Putting Hangers Too Far Apart
Gutters are attached to a house with hangers or a mounting system. The hangers need to be placed close together to properly support the gutters. Sometimes people put the hangers too far apart, which causes the gutters to sag and water to collect and can eventually cause the gutters to fall off the house.
Not Pitching Gutters
Even though gutters look straight and even, there is actually a slight pitch that allows water to flow to the downspouts. Sometimes homeowners who install their own gutters try to make them completely straight, which can cause them to become clogged
Get an Estimate for Professional Gutter Installation
As you can see, there are many things that can go wrong if you install new gutters yourself. If you do not have training and experience in gutter installation, making these mistakes can cause damage to your gutters and your house. It is better to hire an experienced professional for something as important as gutter installation. This can save you money in the long run by preventing costly problems later on. Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors has installed many types of gutters for homeowners all across Connecticut. Contact us today to get an estimate for gutter installation.