A properly functioning gutter system is essential in prolonging your roof’s life span and protecting your home’s foundation, siding and yard. Gutters also prevent flooding and severe water damage to your house. To ensure a successful gutter installation, take note of these important factors.
Reliable gutter installers will ensure your gutters are not too small or too big for your roof or house. Apart from considering the size of your property, they will be familiar with the amount of rainfall in your area. This will help determine how much water runoff your gutters need to handle.
If your gutters are too small, they will likely overflow even during moderate rain. Oversized gutters, on the other hand, are prone to standing water, which could lead to ice dams and corrosion.
Gutters must slope toward the downspouts to properly drain water and prevent standing water. As a general rule, experts create a ¼-inch slope for every 10 feet of gutter. However, other factors should also be considered to determine the right pitch, such as your roof structure, gutter length and type of gutter.
An Experienced and Reliable Contractor
Poor installation and miscalculations contribute to early gutter failure. Improperly installed gutters often result in leaks or standing water. When water accumulates in your gutters without draining, this can cause the water to back up and damage your roofing. Make sure to only work with experienced gutter or roof contractors to avoid costly installation mistakes.
Empire Roofing & More is a local roofing contractor that provides excellent workmanship and customer service. We use only quality products for every project, so you can be sure they’re long-lasting and durable. Call us at (412) 999-7135 (Allison Park) or (412) 414-1570 (Cranberry Township). You can also complete this contact form to schedule an appointment.