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The installation of gutters and gutter guards is a job best left to the professionals. However, it’s a good idea for a homeowner to understand the process and the best practices. Here are some of them:

List the Materials

An experienced pro may know the in’s and out’s of this job, but having a list is always good practice so nothing gets left behind. A list also prevents material wastage and helps the installer stay on schedule.

Join Gutter Sections on the Ground

While an inexperienced DIY enthusiast might attempt to join gutters at the roofline, a pro will do it before taking the gutters up on the ladder. The ladder is where you make adjustments.

Use Good Snippers

A professional gutter installer is inseparable from a good pair of snippers that make the job easier.

Cut Out the Downspout Outlet

This can make the work look neater. Cut the downspout outlet out of the gutter instead of using a small section with a pre-installed outlet. This creates a more finished look with one seam.

Get the Slopes Right

Professionals angle gutters so they have a slope of ¼” for every 10 feet of gutter. This helps the system drain to the downspouts properly.

Seal Properly

Gutters are wiped dry before a liberal amount of sealant is applied on the inside.

Use Downspout Crimpers

You don’t just stick a downspout to the gutter outlet. A pro uses reliable crimpers to get that precise crimp before installation.

Use Screws on the Downspouts

Instead of rivets, pros use screws to install downspouts. In case a downspout is clogged or damaged, screws make it easier to remove it. The screws should be pre-painted so they don’t stick out.

Crimped Ends Face Down

Ensuring the crimped ends of downspouts and elbows is facing down can eliminate leaks at the joints. 

Clean Up After the Job

A good professional will never leave the customer’s property with dirt and debris strewn everywhere. After installing the gutters and gutter guards, a pro always cleans up after themselves, making sure to take leftover supplies and materials with them.

All these practices you can expect from Gutter Helmet® professional installers. Call us today at (800) 824-3772 or use this form to contact us in Wyoming, Michigan.