Don’t be fooled by home improvement TV shows – installing new gutters isn’t as easy as it seems. That’s why first-time DIYers almost always commit basic installations, which easily negate any money saved by not hiring a professional.
Here’s an overview of common costly installation mistakes:
1. Installing the Wrong Gutter Type
There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach in home improvement projects. That’s because no two homes are alike – each will has a unique set of needs. However, since they lack the necessary experience and expertise, first-time DIYers usually end up choosing the wrong type of gutter. For instance, K-style gutters (which hold more water than other gutter types) are the most popular option in the country. However, depending on the structure of your roof, half-round or fascia gutters may be a better choice. To learn more about the pros and cons of the different gutter types, consult a residential roofing contractor.
2. Choosing the Wrong Gutter Size
There’s also the issue of incorrect gutter sizing. In general, a standard gutter system is 5 inches long and 6 inches wide while its downspouts are 2 x 3 inches or 3 x 4 inches in length and width and 3 or 4 inches in diameter. However, the correct size for your new gutters ultimately depends on the amount of rainfall your area receives as well as your roof pitch. As a general rule, the steeper your roof pitch, the more rainwater your roof can collect, the larger your gutter replacement needs to be.
3. Incorrectly Spacing the Gutter Hangers
If the gutter hangers are spaced too far apart, they won’t be able to provide enough support, which may cause sections of your gutters to sag. As a general rule, the hangers should be spaced three feet or less next to each other. But for homes in cold climates, the hangers need to be spaced two feet apart. That’s because your gutters need additional support to offset the added weight load from snow and ice.
Why It’s Best to Let Professionals Handle Gutter Installations
Given all these costly mistakes, it’s best to let a professional roofing company handle your gutter installation project.
One more thing: don’t forget to vet roofers before hiring them. Here’s a tip: the number of years a roofer has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
Christian Brothers Roofing has more than two decades of experience in the roofing industry. We offer a wide range of professional roofing services as well as premium metal roofing options. To get a free estimate, call us at (270) 715-1999, or fill out this form.