5 Reasons DIY Gutter Installation Is Often The Wrong Choice

Installing gutters on your own can seem like a simple project. But the truth is that you're likely to make several mistakes along the way because you may not know what you're doing. If you want proper functionality and visual appeal results, use a professional gutter installation service. It ensures you avoid a few common mistakes people make when doing a DIY gutter installation, including:

You Make the Wrong Choice of Gutter

All gutters work to channel water away from your house and downspouts, but not all gutters are created equal. For example, wooden gutters are good for roofs that see slight-to-moderate rainfall. 

However, if you're using them in high-moisture areas like coastal climates, they'll need to be replaced more often because they typically won't last as long. Always seek professional guidance on different gutter materials.

You Choose the Wrong Gutter Size

The wrong size gutters will not be able to properly accommodate the water flow and may overwhelm the downspouts. If you install oversize gutters, you'll have pools of water collecting around your foundation. Both problems can cause water damage to the roof's components and the house foundation. You need a professional assessment to get the size correct. 

You Fail To Use the Proper Angle Pitch

The wrong pitch causes pooling in the gutters and causes water damage. You need a pitch that allows rainwater drainage flow using gravity. You also need to account for the gutter guards and the length of the gutters. 

If you plan to use a specific number of gutter guards, use a corresponding pitch. It is hard to get these calculations right if you are not a skilled roofer, so always use a professional to get it right.

You Space the Gutter Hangers Too Far Apart

A major mistake often made with DIY gutter installation projects is improperly spacing gutters. If you space your hangers too far apart, they will sag. This leads to the accumulation of leaves and other debris in the gutters. 

It may seem like a small problem now, but in a few months, when heavy rains fall and your gutters are filled with debris, you'll be facing serious problems that can cost hundreds of dollars in damage repairs.

You Place Downspouts at the Wrong Points

Placing the downspouts at the wrong points can cause water damage to the foundation. Each downspout should be placed at a good distance from your house and should never connect directly underneath an eave or step. A professional will make these considerations for smooth water flow and avoid mold or rot around your gutters.

Proper gutter installation is crucial in protecting your home's roof and exteriors against water damage, so you need professional installation to avoid costly DIY mistakes. Call a roofing contractor to explore your ideas for gutter installation projects that are suitable for your home.