You might think installing the gutters yourself can help you save money. However, the opposite is true. If you install gutters on your own, you risk potential issues such as leaking, which can lead to costly repairs in the long run. Rather than risk such problems, leaving this job in the hands of a professional gutter contractor is your best bet. They will be able to install your gutters properly for your peace of mind.
Here are four installation practices you can expect from the pros.
1. Gather All the Required Materials
Gutter installation requires plenty of tools and materials, such as gutter sealant and hex head screws. If you are unfamiliar with these, you may forget a thing or two when you go the DIY route. On the other hand, a gutter expert will compile everything they need before the project starts. Taking the time to plan at the beginning of the project ensures nothing is forgotten and makes the installation easier.
2. Ensure Correct Gutter Sloping
Gutters should have a slight slope or pitch for adequate drainage. Installers make sure that there is a half-inch sloping for every 10 feet of gutter to ensure water runoff gets drained toward the direction of the downspout. If the pros will be installing gutters measuring 40 feet or more, they slope them from the middle instead of one side and have them drain to downspouts on each side. This prevents debris and leaves from clogging your system.
3. Apply Gutter Sealant
After installation, your gutter contractors will apply gutter sealant. They will apply the sealant when the gutters are dry. If it is humid outside or it just finished raining, your contractor will wipe any rainwater off your gutters before applying the sealant. The sealant prevents leaks in your gutters and protects your roof, siding and foundation from water penetration. In the future, you can reapply the sealant, so your gutters remain in great condition.
4. Clean up After the Gutter Installation
Professional gutter contractors know the importance of leaving the homeowner’s property as clean as it was when they arrived. They will dispose of the old gutters properly, take any leftover materials and supplies, and ensure your exteriors are squeaky clean. Rest assured your property is free of dirt or debris after your gutter installation project.
Whether you need a contractor for roofing or gutter installation, you can count on the pros at Paddy’s. Our team of experts is determined to assist you with your home improvement project. Give us a call at (302) 388-3625, or fill out our online contact form to set an appointment.