Your gutters are an important part of your home. Regardless of what some might think, there is a lot that goes into a well-designed gutter system. Anyone looking to renovate their gutters or have them professionally installed must know these key factors to consider when choosing the right gutters. From the material to the maintenance, these determine the proper gutter system for each homeowner.
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Many homeowners take great pride in their residences, and they want to be in control of every project or renovation. Amateurs can complete some home projects on their own, but only a professional should complete certain types of projects—including gutter installation. Below you’ll find some of the most common DIY gutter installation mistakes people make. Take note of these before you attempt this type of project—or better yet, call a professional to handle it.
Choosing the Wrong Type
One of the biggest mistakes people make with their DIY gutter installations is choosing the incorrect type of gutter. size of the home and the regional rainfall impact which type of gutter you should use. It’s important to decide between half-round gutters, K-style gutters, and fascia gutters. Each of these styles can use different materials, depending on your budget and preference. These materials include aluminum, copper, zinc, or even vinyl. You can also pick between sectional and seamless gutters. Sectional gutters are cheaper, but misplacing the seams can cause more issues in the future.
Choosing the Wrong Size
Another common issue many homeowners experience with their gutters is choosing the wrong size. The size will depend on the amount of rainfall your area receives and the layout of the home. The steeper the roof pitch, the more rainwater will collect. Don’t forget about snow and ice: cold climates risk ice dams building up in the gutter systems. This may require heat cables to melt any ice that block the gutters or downspouts.
Some people make the mistake of placing their gutter hangers too far apart. Gutter hangers that are spread too far can sag and possibly break. A sagging gutter can cause water to overflow, which may cause the landscape near a home’s foundation to erode. This could weaken the foundation and even cause a flooded basement. Gutter hangers should be spaced approximately two to three feet apart from each other.
Improper Roof Pitch
Failing to account for the roof pitch can cause its own issues. Rainwater should travel down your roof directly to your gutter and downspouts. If it’s not steep enough, water can pool and damage your roof. This can lead to mold grown and weaken the structure. Ultimately, installing the gutters yourself can lead to a mistake with this and cause further structural issues.
Of course, doing any outside project without the proper knowledge can increase the chances of injuring yourself. When dealing with great heights such as with your gutter system, you can fall or put yourself at serious risk of doing so. Even with someone helping you, you could still end up in the emergency room.
For these reasons, you should always allow a professional to take care of your gutters. Fortunately, we at Gutter Maid specialize in gutter repair and installation. We offer copper, galvanized, and aluminum gutter systems for your home.
Did you know that exterior renovations have one of the highest returns on your investment? We replaced compromised fascia, installed new aluminum fascia wrap, new vinyl soffit, and new 6 inch seamless gutters on this house. Not only does this protect our client’s home from the elements, but it adds great aesthetic and resale value as well. Total transformation for our client in Frederick, Maryland!
Gutters are some of the most vulnerable parts of any residence. They withstand weather, seasonal changes, and outdoor factors more than other components of a house. Given this, it’s no surprise that your gutters get damaged. Fortunately, these tips for preventing gutter damage will ensure your gutters remain stable and in good condition all year long.
The best way to prevent hail damage is to have gutters made from heavy-duty materials, such as copper or stainless steel. These are the strongest gutter materials available and will resist impact from hail and other extreme weather conditions. Replace the brackets in the spring, summer, or fall to secure your gutter system in place. Since hail can damage your roof and siding too, nail down any loose shingles during the non-winter seasons to avoid further structural damage.
For the snow, it’s best to install a de-icing system to avoid any ice dams or snow build-up. During the extreme cold, water can freeze inside your gutters which can cause them to expand and break. While proper insulation can help prevent this, the best solution is to install a heat cable through the gutters to melt ice and keep your gutters and downspouts clear.
While it might sound counter-intuitive for water to damage your gutters, it can happen. A good way to minimize water damage is to layer your gutters with water-resistant paint. This will seal any cracks or leaks that developed.
Damaged gutters can ruin your home’s structural integrity. As the gutters overflow, the water can pool on the roof and cause leaks and mold growth. It can also drip down and collect at the home’s base which can flood the basement or ground floor. To prevent this, point and extend your downspout away from your home to prevent water from collecting around your foundation. It’s also good to perform preventative maintenance around your home with routine checks at the base of your house to see if it sinks.
Arguably, the best way to prevent clogged gutters to install gutter guards. These prevent debris from collecting. When gutters clog, they can lead to roof damage, pests, and a flooded basement. Keep in mind the different types of gutter guards available. There are mesh gutter guards, bottlebrush guards, metal or wire screen guards, foam guards, and reverse curve guards depending on your budget and preference.
There are many reasons why gutters overflow, but the main ones are excess debris, misalignment, too much rain, and simply not enough gutters or downspouts. It’s easy to clean the inside of your gutters, but you should also inspect any misalignment or other structural issues.
With all said and done, you should also have your gutter properly inspected. At Gutter Maid, we specialize in gutter installation in Bowie, Maryland. Our gutter installation and repair guarantee a top-quality gutter system for your residence. Call us today!
We installed these beautiful galvanized half round gutters for a client in Howard County, Maryland. Galvanized gutters are extremely durable, and will add a unique look to your home. Unlike aluminum, galvanized gutters can be soldered, eliminating the need to re-seal them over time.
Your gutters are very important to your home’s protection. They are often overlooked features that bear a lot of the structural burden from excess rainwater, ice, and snow. Still, sometimes your gutters can clog, which leads to further issues to consider. Every homeowner must know these common problems caused by clogged gutters to maintain their home to the best of their ability.
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Gutters are one of the most ignored parts of any homeowner’s maintenance list. Understandably, rain gutters are simple in their design and operation; they carry water from the roof to the ground. However, this helps protect your house from serious water damage. Read on if you’re asking yourself, How do gutters work and why are they important? You might learn that your rain gutters do a lot more to ensure your structural integrity than you might think.
How Gutters Work
Fundamentally, gutters collect rainwater from your roof and channel it to the ground through a downspout. During rain, water rolls down from the slope of the roof to the gutters. As the water pools, it travels through the gutter system to the downspout. Downspouts carry water from the gutters to the base of the house. It is typically diverted to protect the basement and foundation from flooding and further water damage. There is a splash block at the base of the downspout to further divert the rainwater from the house.
Why They Are Important
Rain gutters are incredibly important because they protect your home from rain and water damage. Without a gutter system, rainwater would likely collect in your roof, causing rot, deterioration, or mold. This will weaken your shingles, soffit, and fascia. Naturally, gravity pulls the water down from your roof to your windows, siding, and foundation. Moisture in the windows causes condensation, which damages the sill and interior walls. Not to mention, mold and grime can develop. When pooling against your home’s foundation, water causes erosion, weakens the integrity and structure, and causes basement flooding. Gutters protect against all of this. However, gutters can weaken if not taken care of. Leaves and other debris easily block gutters from working properly. Once debris builds up, water will overflow and damage the siding of the home. Heavy storms and high winds can also misalign your gutter system. This can weaken your gutters and cause them to break entirely.
To keep your gutter system clean and operational, call your local gutter installers. We at Gutter Maid know the importance of high-quality gutter installation and repair. Give us a call today for professional gutter cleaning, installation, or repair.