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The Makings of a Bad Gutter: Determining Improper Installation

By January 19, 2015No Comments

Proper installation is important when replacing your gutters. You may have high-quality products, but if you don’t install them correctly, they won’t be able to do their job efficiently. To avoid problems, it helps to know the signs of improper gutter installation, whether you’re doing it on your own or having a team of contractors do it for you. For effective gutter protection in Albany repair issues as soon as you notice them.

Here are some common gutter installation mistakes to watch out for:

Wrong Size
Knowing the average rainfall your area receives annually can help you determine the right size for your gutters. A size that is too small may cause water to overflow, putting your house at risk of water damage.

Improper Pitch
The right pitch ensures that your gutters will be able to direct water to the downspout effectively. A very steep pitch can make water move too fast, causing it to spill over the edge. If the pitch isn’t steep enough, water may not move toward the downspout and simply collect in the gutters. This can damage the exterior walls and may cause water to seep through the roof’s underlying layers.

Faulty Placement of Downspout
If the gutter system doesn’t have enough downspouts, water may pool and eventually overflow. An undetected pool of water in your gutters may become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Furthermore, the gutters may not be able to bear the additional weight. They may sag and damage your siding and roofing.

Incorrectly Spaced Hangers
The hangers secure your gutters to the house. If they aren’t spaced correctly, the gutters may sag or fall during heavy rain or snowfall. Additionally, any unsupported sections of your gutters may cause water to pool.

Don’t let rain or heavy snowfall damage your roof and other parts of your house. Buy high-quality gutters and make sure they’re installed properly. Huff ‘N Puff can help you choose the right type of gutters for your home and install them for you.

Our company has been helping property owners across Hudson Valley and New York’s Capital District keep their houses in good condition for over 40 years. We also offer other products to make home maintenance easier, such as gutter protection systems in Albany. To learn more about our products and services, call us at (866) 201-6810.