Don’t be fooled by those home improvement TV shows—gutter installations, or any home improvement project for that matter, aren’t as easy as they seem. But how complicated can mounting new gutters be?
Wortham Bros Roofing, your trusted roofer, explains why calculating the right size and pitch for your gutters, and figuring out the ideal placement and spacing for gutter hangers aren’t jobs for amateurs below:
Calculating Gutter Pitch
As a rule of thumb, your gutter system should be pitched ¼ inch for every 10 feet. However, you’ll also need to determine the starting point for your gutters’ pitch, which varies depending on the length of your new gutters. For standard-size gutters, the slope or pitch should start from the highest tip of the guttering. As for gutters running 40 feet or more, the slope should start in the middle.
It’s vital that all the measurements and calculations for the gutter pitch are correct and accurate. Otherwise, you might encounter several issues. For instance, if the pitch isn’t steep enough, rainwater might stagnate in sections of your gutter, creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. And if the pitch is too sharp, rainwater might spill out of your gutters, increasing the risk of roof leaks.
Spacing Gutter Hangers
How do you determine the space between the gutter hangers providing support for your new gutter system? It depends on the local climate. In warm climates, the gutters should be spaced no more than 36 inches or three feet apart from the center and installed as close to the center as possible. And in cold climates, they should be spaced closer together to provide additional support in case ice forms on your gutters.
Why It’s Best to Let Professionals Handle Gutter Installations
Given that there’s zero room for error and even a small mistake can cost you, it’s best to let a professional roof repair and replacement contractor install your new gutters. Remember: As a rule of thumb, it’s best to let professionals handle home improvement projects.
One more thing: Don’t forget to vet your roofer before hiring them. Here’s a vetting tip: The number of years a roofer has been in business should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
Looking for roofers near me? Wortham Bros has been providing a wide range of professional roofing services to local residents since 1986. To get a free estimate, call us at (972) 960-3135 or fill out this form.