Gutter systems are an invaluable part of any home regardless of their size, style, and age. While a properly installed gutter system will protect your home from water damage, a poorly installed system can increase the risk of mold, mildew, rot, and other damage. While it may be tempting to save money and attempt to install your gutter system yourself, these cost savings are often nullified by repair costs and the need for a professional to correct mistakes. As a leading provider of gutter installation solutions and premium gutter systems, the team at Tristar Gutters knows how complex gutter projects can be. That is why we have outlined a list of common mistakes when installing gutters to demonstrate why it is often best to hire a professional for your project.
3 Gutter Installation Mistakes that can be Avoided by Hiring a Professional
The following installation mistakes can be devastating to your gutter system and your home:
1. Incorrect Gutter Placement
When installing gutters and downspouts, proper placement is crucial to ensure lasting performance and durability. Gutters should always be installed under or behind the drip edge of your roof to ensure that water consistently drips into your gutters instead of behind them. The placement of your downspouts and the number you install will also impact the performance of your gutter system. If your system does not have enough downspouts, your gutters will likely overflow and water will leak into your foundation, down your siding, or into your basement.
2. Choosing the Wrong Gutter Size
If your gutters are too small, the system will likely be overloaded during heavy rainfall. This will lead to inefficient drainage and may also cause damage to your gutters and home. When deciding on the appropriate size for your gutter, you should consider the average rainfall where you live, the size of your roof, and the pitch of your roof. If your roof is larger than the average home or you live in an area with higher rainfall, you will need a larger gutter system.
3. Improper Pitch
While most gutter systems appear to be completely level, they are slightly pitched. The pitch (angle) at which your rain gutters are hung will affect how well the water will drain away from your house. If your pitch is not steep enough, the water will sit in the gutters instead of draining out. If it is too steep, rainwater will travel too quickly through the gutters and they will overflow. Finding the proper pitch for your gutter system is a precise art, so it is often best to leave it to a professional.
To learn more about our professional gutter installation services or to inquire about the gutter systems we offer, get in touch with the team at Tristar Gutters. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your project.