Draining rainwater away from your home or business is essential to keeping your space safe and dry, and a properly installed gutter system is one of the best ways to protect your investment. On the contrary, a poorly installed gutter can cause severe water damage, overflow, and other problems for your building. With costly consequences at stake, hiring a highly trained and capable company is vital to safeguarding your home. At Ridgeline Construction Roofing & Exteriors, we’ve got decades of combined experience when it comes to gutter installation, maintenance, and repair.
What to Look for in Gutters
While they can often be overlooked, your gutter system is working day and night to keep you and your loved ones dry and on solid ground. Installed incorrectly, your gutters can retain water that can seep into your home business causing major issues and discomfort. Thankfully, there are several indicators of a poor gutter installation, as well as basic guidelines to ensure that your gutters are safely and securely fastened.
Signs of Poor Gutter Installation
The biggest way to tell if your gutter was poorly installed is if it drains correctly. A subpar gutter install will have little to no drainage, and create standing water around your home. This substandard drainage can be caused by a number of factors, but there are three usual suspects.
- Loose Gutters – If the gutters are not snuggly fit to your roof a gap will begin to form causing a misdirected flow that can gradually cause damage to your home.
- Improper Tilt – It’s essential that your gutters are tilted in the direction of the downspouts to ensure the best drainage possible.
- Water Stains – If you see drip or water stains around the exterior of your home, that could be an indication of overflow, another potentially hazardous situation.
What You Can Do
If your home or business is not experiencing any of those problems, you most likely have a well-installed gutter. However, there are a couple of ways you can make sure just by looking up. A tight fit against your roof is paramount. Your gutters should be as close as possible to your shingles. secondly, confirm that the back of your gutter is resting behind the drip edge. The drip edge should be over the gutter.
Your Gutter Installation Pros
A malfunctioning gutter system is a common sign of a poor installation job. At Ridgeline Construction Roofing & Exteriors, our seasoned pros are your experts for top-rated gutter installation, maintenance, and repair. With locations in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, you’re never too far from a well-installed gutter.