You should always vet a roofing contractor before hiring them to make sure they’re qualified for the job. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to learn a bit more about the best practices for installing gutters. At least that way, you’ll be able to tell whether a roofer is installing your gutters properly.
Some of the typical gutter installation best practices are:
1. Using Gutter Materials That Are Suited to Your Area’s Climate
Remember: There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach in home improvement projects, and gutter installation projects are no exception. Your gutter system forms part of your roof’s first line of defense against moisture damage and the elements, which is why it’s important to choose a gutter material that can handle your are’s climate.
If you’re planning a gutter replacement, aluminum gutters are the most popular choice on the market, thanks to their cost-effectiveness and resistance against corrosion. To learn more about your options, consult one of your local roofers.
2. Assembling Your Gutter System on the Ground
It’s easier for a roofing contractor to attach your new gutters to your roof if they’ve already been assembled. After assembling and installing your gutter system, they can then make the necessary adjustments.
3. Observing the ¼-inch Slope for Every 10 Feet Rule
Your new gutters need to be installed at a certain angle to make sure rainwater flows to the drains and is diverted away from your roof. As a rule of thumb, gutters should be pitched ¼ inches for every 10 feet. If the slope isn’t steep enough, rainwater might be trapped in sections of your gutters. And if it’s too steep, rainwater might overflow. To ensure you don’t encounter any of these problems, you should only hire qualified contractors. Here’s a vetting tip: The number of years a roofer has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
Howard Roofing & Home Improvements offers a wide range of professional roofing services. To get a free quote, call us at (636) 296-1057 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in St Charles, MO, as well as the surrounding communities.