Understanding how to properly install your new guttering is vital if you want to ensure your property remains protected from water ingress and dampness issues which could be extremely costly to fix. It is imperative for homeowners to ensure that their drainage systems are properly cared for and regularly checked for any maintenance repairs as well.
Because gutters have to manage the flow of significant amounts of water, particularly in severe weather conditions, they must maintain structural integrity to work effectively. Leaves, debris and even exposure to sunlight can also compromise the system, and if they are not properly placed or it becomes apparent they have not been correctly installed, a future spell of bad weather could spell disaster for your home.
For your rain gutter to work effectively, it needs to be installed by someone who has knowledge and experience of doing so. Trying to do it without the appropriate skills could lead to a mistake which could compromise the entire structure. With that in mind, here are some useful tips to ensure that your gutter system is installed properly and with the correct hanger spacing:
Find the right gutter type
Not all rain water drainage systems are suitable for every type of home. Selecting the right guttering system is important and may depend on a number of factors such as the age of your property, your budget, how likely it is that you will experience severe weather in your region. It is advisable to select the most hard-wearing and reliable material within your budget. Materials such as copper are particularly robust and long lasting.
Record accurate measurements
The dimensions of your property will also influence your choice and precise measuring is crucial. If you get the maths wrong you could end up with issues such as the water being unable to reach the downspout which could cause water to pool and leaks. The general consensus among contractors is that your gutters should be pitched a 1/4 inch per 10 feet. This will ensure that the water reaches the downspout with ease and will weeping debris in the gutters toward the downspout also.
Proper gutter placement
While it can seem right to place gutters right on the roofline it is actually best to place gutters a few inches below it. If you guttering is on the roofline the rainwater could come back up on the underside of your roof, and start to drop down it. If your gutters hand to high the rainwater could run behind the fascia boards and start to wear them down.
Correct hanger spacing
Hanger spacing will vary from property to property and the main determining factor is the climate where you live. Those who live in milder climate your hangers can be placed closer to the middler of the gutter. The spacing should not exceed 36 inches or three feet apart from the centre. If you live in an area where heavy rainfall is frequent the spacing should be a maximum of 18 inches apart as this will ensure proper support when larger amounts of water are carried down.
Installing flashing on your property
Side gutter flashing over the back edge of your guttering as well as under shingles can help ensure water from getting behind the gutters and damaging fascia. To insert flashing make sure it slides under shingles and roofing paper.