DIY gutter installations may seem like a great way to save money at first. However, they almost always end up costing homeowners more in the long run. That’s because first-time DIYers are prone to making basic mistakes that negate whatever savings you get from DIY projects.
Waynco Roofing, your trusted gutter and roof replacement contractor, lists the most common and costly DIY gutter installation mistakes below:
Installing the Wrong Gutter Type
Since they lack the necessary technical knowledge, first-time DIYers often make the mistake of installing the wrong type of gutter. For instance, K-style gutters are the most popular gutter type in the country, partly because they can hold more water than other types of gutters. However, depending on the structure of your roof, half-round gutters—which are often used in historic homes—may be a better choice.
Important note: first-time DIYers often choose the wrong gutter type because they’re preoccupied with the gutter and metal roofing cost. While it’s important to stay within budget, what you should focus on is maximizing the returns on your investment.
Choosing the Wrong Gutter Size
It’s not uncommon for first-time DIYers to install gutters that are the wrong size. A standard gutter system is 5 inches long and 6 inches wide while its downspouts are 2 x 3 inches or 3 x 4 inches in length and width and 3 or 4 inches in diameter. However, the correct gutter size depends on several factors, which include the amount of rainfall your area receives and your roof’s pitch. Remember: there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach, and gutter replacement projects are no exception.
Spacing Gutter Hangers Too Far Apart
As a general rule, the hangers should be spaced three feet or less next to each other (or two feet apart if you live in a cold climate). If the hangers are spread too far apart, your gutters may start to sag. Given that basic mistakes such as these can easily blow your budget, it’s best to let professional roofers handle your gutter installation.
Waynco Roofing, a company with more than three decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including gutter replacement and roof insurance claim assistance services. To get a free estimate, call us at (704) 387-3392 or fill out this form.