02 Dec Gutter Installation – How To Avoid Gutter Overflow Beforehand

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To the untrained eye there’s not much to Gutter installation – Measure, cut, sink a few screws and voila, new gutters. Sure, maybe it helps to be handy with a caulking gun and have somebody to hold the ladder but the basics of installing gutters looks pretty simple. Why else would almost every major home improvement store in Massachusetts and Connecticut carry a selection of do-it-yourself PVC and aluminum rain gutter supplies?

Gutter Installation Tip From The Pro’s Desk

What many professional contractors, gutter installers and home inspectors know is that there are good gutter installation jobs and bad installation jobs. The difference can be far more than cosmetic. Improperly installed or poorly functioning gutter systems can do more harm than good.

A bad gutter installation job can result in water overflowing the gutters and running down the side of the house or behind your siding and into your home. It can also direct water close to your foundation causing seepage and a damp basement or crawl space. Improperly installed gutters are also easily damaged by snow and ice and less effective during heavy rain events.

Photo caption: In Massachusetts and Connecticut, gutter installation done by a do-it-yourselfer is sometimes not the same as a professional job.

The secrets of a good installation job are the details that the pros know but the average handyman man may not be aware of. Here are two of the most overlooked details that show the difference between a good job and a big problem is often just a matter of a few degrees.

Don’t Overlook The Roof’ Sloop. Very Important!

Beyond the basics of installing gutters one of the most important considerations that is often overlooked is the slope of the roof. While installing DIY gutters on a warm summer afternoon you may not be thinking ahead to the ice and snow that is just a few months away. When that ice and snow melts in the early spring your roof can act like ski jump sending chunks sliding off the edge.

It is important for Connecticut and Massachusetts gutters to be installed so that their outer lip is below the slope line of the roof. The steeper the slope the less clearance you need while a flat roof should have the gutter positioned 1-inch below the roof line.

Gutter Installation in Ma & Ct -  install with the outer lip below the roof slope

Proper positioning of your gutters is also necessary for the installation of the industry leading MasterSheild gutter guard system. ASG Gutters is the exclusive distributor and installer of the Mastershield system because we know how to install gutters correctly according to the roof pitch.

Make Sure They Are Slopped Up!

To insure water moves toward the downspout the gutter must rise or slope up as you move away from the downspout. You can alternately think of this as falling toward the downspout. Professional installers often use a chalk line on the fascia board to position the gutter below the roof slope and then chalk a slope line that drops approximately 1-inch for every 10-feet of run to the downspout.

Gutter Installation in Ma & Ct - run downhill toward the downspout.

A steeper slope also works but for runs of more than 20 feet your fascia board may not be wide enough to hang the gutter. It’s a good idea for longer runs of gutter to plan for another downspout and slope the gutter accordingly.

From Boston to the Berkshires, wherever you need professionally installed gutters in Massachusetts and commercial gutters installation in Connecticut, ASG has the experienced and trained professional installers to do the job right.

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