Rain gutters play a critical role in protecting your home from serious water damage. Installing new rain gutters can be a simple and effective way to waterproof your roof, but only if the installation process is completed correctly.
Here are three important things that you need to keep in mind when installing new rain gutters to ensure the installation goes smoothly and the rain gutters perform well over time.
1. Try to avoid excessive seams.
If you have several lengths of gutter that need to be joined together in order to span the length of your home, then these gutter sections will need to be welded into place. Anywhere that a weld occurs, a seam is created. Seams serve as weak points in a gutter system, since these seams can fail over time and lead to leaks.
You should avoid excessive seams if you want to improve the integrity of your new rain gutter system by opting for a seamless gutter system or using large sections of gutter to reduce the number of seams required to complete your installation.
2. Make sure the gutters hang slightly under the roof's edge.
Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that a rain gutter should be installed flush with the edge of a roof. This mistake could result in serious water damage to the underside of your roof's eaves.
Thanks to a phenomenon known as capillary action, some of the water that runs off your roof will be pulled back onto the underside of the roof where it will drip off a few inches behind the roof's edge. Installing your gutters slightly under the roof's edge will ensure you capture all the water draining from your roof for maximum protection.
3. Make sure your gutters are properly supported.
It's important to recognize that your home's rain gutters can become quite heavy once they fill with water. To prevent sagging and potential damage over time, you need to ensure the rain gutters you install are properly supported.
This means using at least one bracket for every 36 inches of gutter if you live in a warm climate, and one bracket for every 18 inches of gutter if you live in a climate where the gutter system will need to support the additional weight of snow and ice during the winter months.
Proper installation plays a critical role in the longevity and performance of your rain gutters. Be sure that you are using as few seams as possible, hanging your gutters slightly under the roof's edge, and properly spacing mounting brackets as you install new gutters in the future. Contact a business, such as Mr.Gutter, LLC, for more information.