Common Rookie Gutter Installation Mistakes

Gutters are crucial in protecting the structural stability of your home. When they are not working properly, water can damage different parts of your house’s interior and exterior. To ensure the longevity and efficiency of your gutter system, choose a skilled contractor to install and maintain it.  

A local roofer discusses common mistakes rookies make when installing new gutters. 

Failing to Calculate the Gutters Correctly

Gutters may look even from afar but they actually have a slight pitch to allow water to flow properly to the downspouts. Usually, gutters should have one to two inches of decline for every forty feet of length. This pitch is extremely gradual and barely noticeable but it helps debris flow out of your gutters, keeping the system clean. Failure to calculate the pitch correctly will cause water to back up to the roof and overflow to the sides of your home. Professionals use a level to ensure the gutters they are installing are at the right pitch. 

Selecting the Wrong Type of Gutter

You have a wide selection of options when it comes to gutter materials, styles, sizes, and gauges. Every kind of gutter comes with its own sets of pros and cons. It’s essential to choose the ideal type for your home. For instance, if you live in a place where it rains a lot, you should consider going for a half-round aluminum gutter system. A skilled roofing or gutter contractor can help you select the best gutter system for your house and area.

Wrong Gutter Spacing

Installers secure gutters to your home using mounting systems or various types of hangers. They should make sure that the hangers are three feet or less away from each other to give the system enough support. Improper spacing can cause your gutters to sag and eventually pull away from your home. 

Make sure to hire a reliable contractor for your gutter installation project like Wortham Bros. We are one of the area’s leading roofing companies. Give us a call at (972) 960-3135 or (972) 960-3135. You may also fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve clients in Dallas, McKinney and nearby communities.