If your rain gutters require replacing, you not only need to ensure you choose a reliable new system but also do some groundwork to prepare for installation.
If your gutters are cracked, sagging, broken, rusted, or look unstable, they are unlikely to work effectively. Ineffective guttering could lead to severe water damage to your property – harming contents and even the structural integrity of the building.
When it comes to the installation of a guttering system, preparation is key. Before you decide on a date to get your new system in place, make sure you do the following:
New rain gutter installation – A checklist
Check for water damage
An essential preparatory step is to ensure that you thoroughly check the property for signs of water damage before the new gutter installation. Any issues you find will need to be properly addressed before the system is in place. Things to look out for include rotting soffits which you’ll find on the underside of the eaves, you can also check for water stains on both the interior and the exterior and notice any standing water which could be a sign that your drainage system has been ineffective for a while. Taking action now will ensure your property is in good shape before installing new gutters. Trying to install on soffits and fascia that have been damaged could lead to costly repairs.
Repaint before replacing the system
While it might seem logical to save repainting the property as your last job, it will actually be more challenging to do this thoroughly after the new rain gutter system is in place. Any patches that need painting should be done before your new gutters arriving, and this will ensure the installation process is as smooth and efficient as possible
Consider your drainage options
Buying a new rain gutter system is the ideal time to make sure that your drainage system is also up to scratch. Choose the best place for the rainwater to be deposited, which should be far away from the foundations of your home. Adequate drainage is also essential, and the typical rule is that at least one downspout should be in position for every 40 linear feet of gutter. This will ensure there is enough drainage in place to stop overflowing gutters during periods of heavy rainfall.
By using the above as a checklist, you can be sure that your property is ready for new gutters. It can also be worth doing a roof inspection at the same time to have complete peace of mind that when your new rain gutter system is in place, your home will be completely secure – whatever the weather.
Reliable, quality rain gutter systems from Rutland Gutter Supply
Choosing a top-quality rain gutter system is essential to leave you with the peace of mind that your home will be protected. An effective gutter system will efficiently divert rainwater away from the home, be robust and durable, and last for decades to come. At Rutland Gutter Supply, we are delighted to bring a huge range of expertly crafted rain gutter systems, downpipes, hangers, pipe clips, chimney caps, and vents cupolas and more – all at extremely competitive prices. Please browse our range or get in touch with our expert customer service team to talk through your project needs today!