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Over the years, as we have observed contractors working on our home, one thing has become clear: this is not easy work. Whether the contractor is replacing pipes, framing a new room, or installing flooring, they are always working really hard to get the job done. We admire this. Many other professionals could benefit from observing this work ethic. As soon as we realized how hard contractors work, we had to share that fact on the internet. In fact, there are lots of other facts about contractors that we feel are worthy of sharing, which is why we continue to post on this blog.


Gutter Placement Strategies That A Contractor May Use

The installation of a gutter system will require material placement plans. A contractor may advise a customer to invest in a specific gutter design, which will effectively eliminate water overflows and standing water.

The Size And The Pitch

There is no universal size for a gutter system. Gutter pieces are various widths, lengths, and thicknesses. A contractor will assess a roofing system and the amount of rainfall that a region experiences, to determine how large the gutter pieces will need to be. Ensuring that the gutter sections can handle the volume of rainfall will prevent overflows that could lead to damage to roofing materials or the siding on a home.

The main objective is to determine if a particular gutter system will be able to effectively route water to the property that remains at ground level. The pitch of a gutter system is the angle at which the gutter pieces will be installed. A pitch that is too steep may result in water moving too swiftly through a gutter system. A pitch that is not steep enough may result in water not being routed through the gutters. 

The Attachment PIeces

Hangers are the pieces that a contractor will use to attach the gutter sections to a home's rooftop. Spikes, brackets, straps, hidden hangers, and wrap-around anchors each vary in design and strength. Some products are designed to secure directly to the fascia materials that comprise a rooftop and others are not.

A contractor will provide you with information about the strength and appearance of various attachment pieces, which will allow you to select the product that you are the most confident about using. A 'hidden' product will use hardware that will drive a hanger deeply into the fascia. This type of product will provide your gutter system with clean lines.

The Number Of Seams

The seams are the points of contact between two gutter sections. The seams are the weakest part of a gutter system. Too much stress that is placed on a gutter system that contains multiple sections could result in the separation of two or more gutter sections. Your contractor may recommend that a seamless system is installed or that a standard gutter system that contains a minimal amount of pieces is installed. If a large gutter system is needed, due to the size of your home, a contractor will install one or more downspouts to the gutter pieces.

For additional help with your gutter installation, contact a gutter system contractor such as Kelly's Construction Inc.