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Gutter Installation Mistakes To Look For When Buying A New Home

Gutter Installation Mistakes To Look For When Buying A New Home

Gutters are an integral part of your home. Although you might think that gutter installation can be an easy, DIY job, it is better to leave this to the professionals. If you have installed your gutters yourself or your gutter installation was completed by someone without the right knowledge or experience, your gutters may not perform their job as well as they should. To determine if your gutters are properly installed and fulfilling their duty of directing water away from the base of the home and protecting the underside of the roof, look for these potential mistakes.

Gutter Installation Mistakes

Incorrect Placement
Gutters should be placed behind or under the drip edge of your roof. This placement controls the flow of dripping water and directs it into the gutters. If gutter placement is incorrect, water will drip below the roof's edge and seep into the underlying components. This causes rot that damages the wood supporting the gutter system.

Wrong Gutter Size
The width of the gutter top determines how much water the gutter can drain. If gutters are too small, they will quickly overflow during periods of heavy rain or snowmelt. The size of your gutters is determined by common precipitation averages in your area, the pitch of your roof, and the size of your roof.

Improper Pitch
From a distance, gutters appear to be level, but they are actually slightly angled. This angle, or pitch, helps the water to flow down and into the rain spout. If the angle is not sufficient, the water will not flow properly and will instead accumulate in the gutter. If the pitch is too steep, the water will flow too fast and will overwhelm the gutters, resulting in gutter overflow.

Wrong Gutter Material
The gutter material you chose will be determined by strength, cost, appearance, thickness, and weight. Many people chose aluminum gutters, but others opt for galvanized steel, copper, or vinyl. Opting for the least expensive material you can find may mean savings at the time of installation, but it will mean your gutters will develop leaks and need to be replaced sooner than if you chose a high-quality (or otherwise professionally recommended) gutter material and you will end up spending more on gutter repairs and replacements in the long run.

Damaged Gutters
It is possible for new gutters to become damaged while they are being installed, particularly if they are a DIY gutter installation. Certain types of gutter materials (such as aluminum) are more susceptible to damage and can become easily dented or bent if they are dropped or hit by a ladder. If damage occurs anywhere along the gutter, the whole section will need to be replaced.

Excessive Seams
The seams of the gutter are the most susceptible to wear over time and the more seams a gutter has, the more likely it will leak. To avoid excessive seams and help gutters last longer, some gutter installation companies offer seamless gutters that are custom-made for your home.
 

Professional Gutter Installation

To ensure proper gutter installation, have your gutters installed by the experienced professionals at Asonic Roofing. Our team of gutter specialists will install your gutters for optimal water flow to ensure water flows away from your house without any damage to the underside of your roof or your foundation. Our gutter experts also specialize in seamless gutter installation to deliver a sleek, leak-free gutter solution. If you have already had your gutters installed and are disappointed with the quality of work, Asonic Roofing can fix the problem. For gutter installation or repairs, contact Asonic Roofing in Calgary at 1-403-462-2808 or fill out the online contact form.

FAQ

At Asonic Roofing, we are so confident you will be satisfied without our work that we offer a 10-year labour warranty on everything we do.

Our gutter services include:

  • Removal of any leaves, twigs, dirt, or sediment buildup 
  • Repair of any damage to your gutters due to wind or storms 
  • Upgrade of your gutters to boost the value of your home 
  • Add a gutter-guard to prevent future damage 
  • Address any downpipe repairs
  • New gutter installation

Installing a gutter guard on your system can prevent debris from accumulating.

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Our focus is you, and we’ll never sell you anything that isn’t right for your home and family. Whether you require a total roof replacement, siding repair, or the installation of new windows and doors, our expert team will guide you through all your possible options to ensure you get exactly what you need. 

For more information about our roofing services, or to arrange a free assessment and quote, contact us today at (403) 462-2808 or complete our contact form below.

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