Gutters are a system of channels and troughs that collect rainwater from your roof and direct it away from your home. This helps to prevent water damage to your foundation, siding, and landscaping. If you’re planning on installing gutters in your home, there are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid. From choosing the wrong size gutters to not properly securing them, read on for 5 mistakes you don’t want to make when installing gutters.
Not securing your gutters properly.
If your gutters are not properly secured, they can easily become detached from your home during a storm, which could lead to serious damage. Make sure to use high-quality hangers and brackets when installing your gutters, and check them regularly to ensure they’re still in good condition.
Failing to clean your gutters regularly.
If you don’t clean your gutters on a regular basis, leaves and other debris can build up in them and cause clogs. This can lead to water damage to your home’s foundation or landscaping. To avoid this, be sure to clean your gutters at least once a year using a ladder and gloved hands.
Installing gutters that are too small.
If your gutters are too small, they won’t be able to handle a large volume of water, which could lead to overflows and flooding. Be sure to consult with a professional before selecting the size of your gutters to ensure they’re appropriate for your home’s needs.
Not sloping your gutters properly.
Your gutters should be installed with a slight slope so that water can drain properly. If they’re not, water will pool in them and eventually cause damage to your home’s foundation or landscaping. Be sure to consult with a professional before installing your gutters to ensure they’re properly sloped.
Failing to install gutter guards.
If you don’t install gutter guards, leaves and other debris can easily clog your gutters. This can lead to water damage to your home’s foundation or landscaping. Gutter guards are available at most home improvement stores and are relatively easy to install. Be sure to consult with a professional before selecting the type of gutter guard that’s right for your home.
Aside from these mistakes, you also don’t want to make a mistake with your budgeting plan. When it comes to installing gutters, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is not budgeting for the entire project. This means that you could end up spending more money on materials and labor than you originally planned. And in connection, you need to do your research.
So there you have it: five of the most common mistakes people make when installing gutters. If you’re thinking about tackling this job on your own, we hope this article has helped set you on the right path. And if you’d rather leave it to the professionals, please don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation and estimate. We’d be happy to help ensure your next gutter installation is a success!