High-Quality Gutter Installers Help to Prevent Future Leaks

Many homeowners may be tempted to undertake a gutter replacement all by themselves. After all, the materials are easily available and the process requires no complex tools or machinery. This may inspire confidence in a person who has an impressive track record of do-it-yourself projects.

However, gutter installation looks much simpler than it actually is. If the gutters are hung improperly, they won’t function as intended – which could lead to the substantial probability of leaks. These leaks have the ability to cause a wide variety of damage to a home, from destroyed landscaping and stained siding to flooding basements and buckled foundations.

Why Hire a Professional Gutter Installer?

That’s why it’s wise to leave this project in the hands of the professionals. High-quality gutter installers minimize the risks of leaks because of their attention to detail and extensive experience.

Here are some of the gutter installation issues that can eventually lead to leakage problems.

    • Incorrect slope. Guttering runs can’t be too flat or water will accumulate in gutters and spill over. Too steep of incline can compromise aesthetics and lead to spillover of fast-moving runoff water. Professionals are skilled in achieving just the right slope so gutters channel all the runoff water toward the downspouts.

 

    • Non-level gutters. One aspect of gutters that should be level is the positioning of the gutter troughs. In other words, the back edge of each gutter section should be perfectly aligned with the front edge. Gutters that tilt forward or backward will also facilitate water spillover during heavy storms.

 

    • Improperly fastened. There are several ways to fasten gutters to a roofline, and some of them are more effective than others. Professional gutter installers use only the best quality hangers and screws to affix the gutters to the fascia. In addition, pros can drill clean holes through the guttering so that no gaps exist for water to leak out.

 

    • Inadequate connection of elbows and downspouts. Water often leaks out of a gutter system from places where straight guttering meets a curve or downspout. Gutter installers know to pay extra attention to these important spots; not only do they ensure a tight fit, but they also caulk or seal these joints completely.

 

    • Gutter damage during installation. During the installation process (especially with aluminum gutters), it’s very easy to scrape, dent, or buckle gutters. A DIYer might be tempted to ignore the problem and hang a weaker gutter that is further susceptible to leaks. A professional gutter installer can more easily swap out the problem section with new materials.

 

  • Presence of seams. Usually, a DIYer purchases guttering in sections from a local home supply store. But many professional gutter installers can actually manufacture seamless gutters on site. And fewer seams means a smaller number of weak points where leaks are likely to form.

Tips on Finding the Right Gutter Installer for You

When searching for a high-quality gutter installer, be sure to make sure the contractor possesses the proper licenses, permits, and insurance. Check to see how long the company has been in business, because longevity is correlated with customer satisfaction. Don’t hesitate to ask for references or search the web for online reviews about a contractor. And always have the gutter installer spell out its warranty and guarantee on all materials and labor before signing an agreement.

Canadian weather can often be brutal on a home. So it’s essential to have a properly-functioning, leak-proof gutter system to withstand whatever Mother Nature dishes out. Engaging the services of a high-quality gutter installer will give you the peace of mind that your home is protected from the effects of gutter leaks.

Chris Martin is a freelance writer who writes about topics ranging from information technology to consumer finance to home improvement.

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 in Advice, Blog
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