Home ownership (and life in general) comes with enough problems, and most people want anything but more problems. The most frustrating type of problem of all is when it’s something that could have been completely avoidable. In the interest of helping homeowners in Syracuse to improve their chances of avoiding gutter problems when possible, here are a few of the most common completely avoidable gutter issues.
There are very few things that look as dreadful on a home as a sagging gutter. Think about the stereotypical haunted house, and you’ll probably picture broken windows, peeling paint, and sagging gutters. However, did you know that sagging gutters should be completely avoidable? The reason for sagging gutters is typically that the braces holding up the gutter have given way or broken. Combine this with accumulating debris in the gutter causing weight to build up, and you have the recipe for an unsightly sag. However, this is a completely avoidable problem.
There are two main steps to making sure that your gutters don’t sag. First, make sure that the wood isn’t going to rot where your gutter mounting brackets are placed. The best way to do this is to make sure that moisture isn’t allowed to access that part of your gutter. When you choose the gutters from Iron Horse Gutter Works, you get a system that doesn’t pierce the gutter wall with a hole, leading to damaged wood and, eventually, sagging gutters. Second, make sure that debris isn’t allowed to build up in your gutters. The easiest way to do this is to use the LeafLock type of gutter that isn’t just open to every falling leaf and pine needle around.
Gutters that get overloaded with weight, either because of debris or because of water and ice, can tend to pull away from the fascia boards, leaving you with mounting nails that are ripped out of their holes in the wood. A better mounting system is one that uses longer screws that go deeper into your fascia boards. When you combine this with the SnapLock gutters that don’t contribute to wood rot, you have a great system to resist the pull-away effect.
3. Wrong-fitting gutters
Every home is different, and gutter installation requires the gutter technician to measure lengths of gutter material to match the shape and conform to the corners of your home’s particular design. A wrong-fitting gutter is a sign that the person who installed it was careless in their attention to detail in measuring the lengths, elbows, and end caps that they’re installing. Gutters that fit correctly should hug the contours of your home without stress, strain, or large gaps.
4. Lack of slope
Gutters do a good job of draining water from the roof of your home, but it’s necessary for them to have a slight downhill slope from the beginning of the gutter to the end. Otherwise, water could pool in your gutter, or worse, flow backwards to the end cap instead of flowing to the downspouts where it’s supposed to drain. Lack of slope in your gutters is another sign of a poor installation and is a completely avoidable problem, as it is just a simple matter of checking with a level and attaching the drainpipe end of the gutter lower than they attached the end cap end.
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