One way you can improve the look and condition of your home is by a rain gutter installation. Having a good working gutter system on your home has many benefits. While it is an investment, the expense in the long run for repairs can far outweigh the cost of a new gutter system.
Assess Requirements Before Installation
Before you get started on a new gutter installation job, you should first assess your home to determine if it’s needed and if so, what would be the best choice for you. If you haven’t done a gutter system replacement before, you may want to consider hiring a professional to do it for you or one that may allow you to assist so you can learn and possibly save yourself money. At Gutters & Windows, we have over a decade of experience in helping homeowners and business deal with all aspects of installation, repairs and maintenance of gutters.
Before you can begin the process of installing the gutters, you need to perform any repairs to your home that is necessary. It’s easier to do it before you hang the gutters than have to go back and try to do it later.
DIY Installation Process
However, if you intend starting the new rain gutter installation process, you can do that on your own, or call in one of our professionals for an affordable option. Here are a few things you need to consider first:
- Select the right gutters for your home. You will need to choose the right material the gutters are made of. Look for a gutter that is light weight but also made from strong enough material for the climate.
- Calculate the pitch of the roof. You will want to calculate the pitch before you begin. Climb up on the ladder and measure very accurately. While gutters seem like they are even, they have a certain gradient slope of about one inch. This will make the water flow easier and help to prevent any debris from getting caught up in the system. You can check the level to determine the proper pitch.
- Proper spacing is important. Gutters need to be hung on the roof using clips to hold them in place. Sparking properly will ensure that no gutters will end up sagging and hang loose after the job is done. If not, the water will begin to accumulate at the dip and cause problems.
- Proper placing of the gutters is also important. Most of the time, gutters are placed underneath the edge of the roof since water drips off the edge. However, this is not always the right place for gutters to hand because if they are too close to the edge, the roof edge will begin to absorb some water and this can cause the roof to bloat and cause irreversible damage to your home. You can have a professional come out and help you to locate the best place for your gutters.
Seamless Gutters can be the best option, if hung properly. The goal is to hang the gutters correctly using the same materials throughout. It’s also important to pay close attention to the corners so that the seams run together and seem flawless. Gutters will need to be welded or soldered together for a durable bond. You want to avoid straining the connections while you are joining them together and leave no areas where water can drip through and cause problems.
Rain gutter installation is a process that requires time and expertise. Always ask a professional if you have any questions and always use the proper tools throughout the process.