Some think that gutter installation can be done as a DIY project. However, investing in sweat equity does not always translate to excellent workmanship, which will likely affect the performance of the roof. Here, Polk Contracting, Inc. talks about the usual mistakes do-it-yourselfers commit.
Using the Wrong System
Like door replacement, gutter installation requires a ton of circumspection. You can’t afford to select the wrong set of components or else your project is doomed to fail.
With so many gutter products to choose from, there is a high probability that you are going to pick a system that is incompatible with your needs. The difference between DIYers and professionals is that the latter know how to narrow down gutter materials, widths, thicknesses and others based on key factors.
Miscalculating the Pitch
Any experienced roofing and siding contractors know that an improperly pitched gutter system is useless in draining water and preventing moisture damage. Correctly installed gutters have gradual slopes while appearing even, allowing the water to efficiently flow toward the downspouts without ruining the house exterior’s curb appeal.
Spacing Hangers Incorrectly
Proper support is a non-negotiable requirement to prevent gutters from sagging. Sadly, DIYers usually space hangers too far apart from one another, causing the water to collect and the gutters to collapse under their own weight.
Installing the Gutters on the Edge of the Roof
Gutters must be installed under the edge of the roof, not on it. Inept do-it-yourselfers who commit this blunder miss the fact that water may penetrate roofing materials and drip a few inches underneath them. Every reputable window and door contractor will tell you that failing to catch some rainwater is enough to accelerate the deterioration of certain house components.
Leave your gutter installation to Polk Contracting, Inc. to minimize the chances of accidents and ensure flawless workmanship. Contact us at (410) 660-2922 to get a free estimate in Abingdon or Bel Air, MD.