When gutters are installed correctly, they should allow rainwater to flow to the downspouts so it is directed away from the house. If gutters are hung incorrectly, they can become clogged and water can back up. If that happens, water can flow over the sides of the gutters and cause damage to the roof, siding, foundation, and landscaping.
Why Gutter Hanger Placement Is Important
One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make when installing their own gutters is spacing the hangers the wrong distance apart. Accurate spacing of the gutter hangers is critically important. If they are spaced incorrectly, the gutters can sag because of the weight of the gutters themselves, rainwater, melting snow, ice, leaves, twigs, and pine needles. Debris can collect in the low points in the gutters and weigh them down, and the gutters can eventually fall off the house.
How to Space Gutter Hangers
The exact spacing of the gutters depends on several factors and may vary depending on the design of the house, the type of gutters used, and the number of trees nearby, but there are some general guidelines that should be followed. The gutters should always gradually slope downward from a high point to the downspout. The incline should be about one inch for every 16 feet of gutter. If the gutter run is 40 feet or longer, the slope, or pitch, should start in the middle and direct water to downspouts on either end. This will help keep water flowing and move debris efficiently to the downspouts.
The spacing of gutter hangers also depends on the climate. In a warm climate, hangers can be put in the center of the gutters every three feet or less apart. In a cold climate that gets snow and ice in the winter, the gutter hangers should be closer together (no more than 18 inches apart) so they can support the additional weight.
Other Gutter Tips
Gutters should be placed away from the soffits. This will prevent the gutters from being covered by the eaves and will allow rainwater and melting snow to be directed to the downspouts. The gutters will also need to be cleaned at least twice a year to remove leaves and other debris.
Get a Quote for Professional Gutter Installation
Proper installation is essential to have gutters that work correctly and direct rainwater to the downspouts. Improperly installed gutters can result in major damage to a house. It is best to trust a professional for gutter installation.
Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors has installed new gutters for many homeowners across Connecticut. If you are interested in replacing your gutters, contact us today for an estimate.