While it’s possible to install your own gutters, the more responsible approach is to hire a gutter professional or general contractor. Gutter installation requires taking precise measurements, making complex calculations, using specialized tools and of course knowledge of proper installation techniques.
Here are some of the best practices that professionals apply to gutter installations:
Making a Detailed List
Professionals will have everything they need when they arrive on site. They will not forget any tools, materials or equipment. This is because they keep a detailed checklist and will ensure every item on the list is checked off before driving to the work site.
Using the Best Equipment
Contractors don’t jury-rig equipment or force tools to do a job they were not designed to do. These tools include a good pair of snippers and reliable crimpers for factory-precise, down-facing crimps.
Taking Precise Measurements
Professionals measure the roofline where they will install the gutters. Then they measure the material and join the sections on the ground. On the ladder, they’ll make any necessary adjustments.
Length is not the only measurement that matters. A professional will also measure also the slope of the gutters, which has to be done precisely to ensure water flows smoothly toward the downspout.
A good gutter and home improvement contractor knows that screws do a better job than standard rivets when it comes to downspout installation. Screws are easier to remove if the downspout has to be replaced or cleared of a clog. The screws they use are also pre-painted to match the gutter color.
A common DIY mistake is applying sealant without ensuring the gutter is dry. A professional will not miss this, because sealant dries better when the surface is completely dry.
Cleaning the Site
A good professional gutter installer will clear the area before working to protect the customer’s belongings from dirt and damage. They will thoroughly clean the area once again before leaving.
V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, Inc. is a professional roof and gutter installer. We also offer roof maintenance services. Call us today at (203) 639-1634 or fill out our form to tell us about the services you need.