Gutters play an important role in the maintenance of your home's exterior, including drawing water away from the siding and foundation to prevent damage. If you are installing new or replacement gutters, there are several things that can go wrong, which can greatly impact the efficiency of your gutter system.
When it comes to installing new gutters on your property, here are a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind.
Do Measure to Ensure You Choose the Right Size Gutter
In addition to measuring the length of your roof to ensure the correct length of gutters is installed, it is just as important to ensure you install the ideal width. A professional can help you determine the ideal size gutter to choose. Typically, if you live in an area where there is consistent heavy rainfall, it is better to have a wider gutter installed on your property. One example would be a six-inch gutter system.
Don't Overlook the Importance of Downspouts
The gutters catch rainwater, dirt, and debris. However, unless you have downspouts installed in the proper spots along the gutter system, the gutters will not be effective. The downspouts must be long enough to properly direct the water away from your home. The downspouts must also be positioned in the right spots.
Typically, downspouts are installed at the corners or edges of exterior walls. However, depending on the grade of your lawn, you may need to have downspouts installed in other spots. Don't worry because a professional installation company will be able to help you determine the ideal spot for all your gutter downspouts.
Do Consider Gutters That Complement Your Home's Exterior
You might be pleasantly surprised to learn that gutters come in a wide variety of colors and styles. For example, you can choose from fascia, European seamless, box-style, and K-style gutters. Gutters are also available in a variety of colors and constructed from different materials, including coppers.
You can even have custom gutters designed and installed that perfectly match your home's exterior.
Don't Try to Install Gutters on Your Own
Finally, you are ready to have beautiful new gutters installed on your property. However, before you assume that it is easier and more inexpensive to install the gutters on your own, think again. Installing gutters is a complex task that requires specialized tools.
When you do the math and factor in the cost of purchasing tools and hanging the gutters on your own, you will quickly realize it is often more cost-effective to hire a professional.