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Rookie Gutter Installation Mistakes

27 February 2018

When selecting a contractor to complete a home improvement project, it’s important to make sure they don’t simply dabble, but specialize at the task at hand.  Nowhere is the truer than in the realm of gutter installation.  Our gutter installers exclusively perform this task each day.  This affords them the ability to have encountered a plethora of scenarios on an array of home styles.  Sadly, part of our work involves being called to homes where other companies attempted gutter installation and failed miserably.  The following signs indicate that the installer of your home’s gutters didn’t have a clue.

Shoddy Sloping: At a quick glance, it may appear that properly installed gutters are completely level.  However, this is an optical illusion.  Properly installed gutters actually have a gradual slope that allows them to divert water to the downspouts and away from your foundation.  Gutters that are perfectly level will result in rainwater not being able to leave the system until it completely fills with water and overflows.  This can create the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Gutter Toppers: We caution against signing with a contractor that installs gutter toppers.  Not only is it nearly impossible for them to match the lower portion of your gutter, but they are also notorious for clogging.  Worse yet, even though these systems utilize half the material LeafGuard® does, they still fall within the same price category.

Careless Downspout Placement: Without enough oversized downspouts to address the rainwater taken in by your gutters, they can quickly overflow and send gallons of water gushing towards your landscaping and foundation.  Too short of downspouts can also create a wet basement and encourage mold growth.  If you’re questioning the downspout advice you’ve been given by one contractor, it’s wise to get further professional opinions.

Attaching Gutters to the Roof: LeafGuard® Brand Gutters attach to a home’s fascia board.  This allows them to collect rainwater without compromising the integrity of your roof.  Basic gutter systems that are installed directly on the roof frequently result in a voided roof warranty because this approach almost always leads to roof leaks.