Gutter installation is not a fun topic but it’s also not something homeowners can afford to dismiss. And while it’s tempting to take a DIY approach to installing gutters, even the most enterprising homeowner is bound to make a mistake or two during the process.
The Professional Touch
The performance and longevity of your gutters depends largely on the quality of its installation. This is why it’s highly recommended to hire a professional roofing contractor to make sure that your gutters are installed completely and correctly. Poorly installed gutters can often lead to problems in your roof and many other parts of your home, costing you more in frequent repairs than what it would have cost to hire a pro.
Types and Styles of Gutters
Many homeowners choose to time their gutter installation alongside a roof replacement project. If this is the case, your contractor may talk to you about which type of gutter is best suited for your home. The most common style in residential buildings are K-style gutters, made with either aluminum or stainless steel.
Gutter gauges are a measure of how much waterflow the gutter system can handle. Typically, a 26-gauge gutter is enough for most homes, but experts may recommend using a 32-gauge or even higher just to be on the safe side. Higher gauges are also essential for homes in areas that get high amounts of rain every year.
Pitch and Angles
When installed properly by a roofing repair contractor, gutters should appear even throughout your roof. However, gutters are actually installed at a barely noticeable pitch. This allows water to flow safely into your downspouts. Incorporating this slight angle into your gutter installation is almost impossible for DIY-ers with no equipment or prior experience.
Keep your gutters flowing freely with the help of our professionals at Pawcatuck Roofing Co. Give us a call at (860) 599-1024 or fill out our contact form and request a free estimate on new gutters today. We serve homeowners in New London and other nearby areas in CT.