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Common Mistakes Contractors Make When Hanging Gutters

By January 13, 2016No Comments

If you’re thinking about hiring a contractor to install a new gutter system on your home, you need to be careful about who you hire if you are not familiar with the installer. There are plenty of mistakes to be made when hanging gutter systems. An improperly installed gutter will not work effectively and this can damage your house.

Choosing the Right Type of Gutter
Is the contractor installing the right type of gutter on your home? There are many types of gutter materials, styles, sizes and gauges. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the wrong one can lead to disaster. You want the most durable material that fits your budget and is the right size for the amount of rain your area gets. The average residential home uses 5- or 6-inch, 26-gauge aluminum gutters. Seamless gutters are also an improvement over sectional ones. Ask your contractor if they are set up to install seamless gutters on-site.

The Correct Pitch
One of the most important aspects of hanging gutter systems is to make sure there is a slight pitch so water will flow to the downspout and away from your home. The amount of pitch should be between one to two inches for every 40 feet. This amount is barely noticeable, but is very important to keep debris washed out and rainwater free-flowing. Make sure that your installer is checking the pitch regularly with a level as the gutter is hung. If after your gutters are installed the pitch is determined to be correct, but you still get debris clogging your gutters, then have a certified Gutter Helmet® contractor install a Gutter Helmet gutter protection system to keep your gutters free from clogs.

Hanger System
Make sure that your contractor is hanging gutter mounts at least every three feet to give the gutters adequate support. If the mounting system is spaced too far apart and not attached securely, your rain gutters will sag and water will collect in the low spots. Having a secure gutter system is even more important when it is subjected to heavy snow and ice in the winter. Without proper hanging, your gutters are likely to end up being torn off your home when subjected to winter elements or even heavy rain.

Final Thoughts
If you live in Denver or surrounding areas, Gutter Helmet of Greater Denver would welcome the opportunity to hang your gutters. You won’t have to worry about the above-mentioned mistakes! We do it right. Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation quote.