Most homeowners choose DIY work to save money on labor costs without realizing that doing so might end up costing them more in the long run. Remember: your gutters are your roof’s first line of defense against rain.
Gutter installation is a lot trickier than it seems, which is why it’s better to entrust this work to an experienced professional than attempt it yourself. Going the DIY route may save you money on the front end, but any mistakes you make could result in serious water damage to your property, costing you more in the long run – and you may make the following errors.
- Choosing the Wrong Type of Gutter
Before making a purchase, you need to carefully research the different options available and take into account things like the pitch of your roof, size of your home and amount of rainfall your region typically receives.
- Choosing the Wrong Gutter Size
The size of your gutters ultimately depends on the amount of rainfall your area receives as well as your roof pitch. As a rule of thumb, the steeper your roof pitch, the more rainwater your roof can collect, and the larger your gutters need to be.
- Spacing Gutter Hangers Too Far Apart
When you install your gutters, make sure the gutter hangers supporting them aren’t spread too far apart. Otherwise, your gutters might sag.
- Failing to Account for Roof Pitch
Gutters should have a steep enough pitch to allow rainwater to flow to the downspouts. If the pitch is too steep, water will rush into the downspouts and likely overflow. On the other hand, if the angle is too low, water will pool in parts of the gutter.
- 5. Incorrect Installation of Downspouts
If the downspouts are not installed properly or are placed in the wrong location, rainwater might seep into the foundation or even damage your façade. Ideally, downspouts should be diverting water 8 to 10 feet away from your home’s foundation.
The Badger Company is dedicated to working with you to implement a solution that meets all your gutter needs. We have been providing residential siding and gutter installation since 1998. We repair and install seamless gutters and downspouts, and do sheet metal work. We are fully insured, and our work comes with a warranty, so you can rest assured about the quality of our service.
Call us today at (608) 413-3627, or fill out our online contact form for a free, comprehensive consultation. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and get you a great gutter system.