Knowing the most common reasons for a sagging gutter is useful to help prevent this from ever happening. So here we explain some of the most common problems homeowners face.
Choosing the Wrong Kind of Gutter
Gutters help divert rainwater away from your home’s foundation and roof, but to do that, they would need to support the combined weight of water, as well as any debris, washed away by the rain. Sections of your gutter system will start to sag if:
The gutters aren’t the right size – A standard gutter system measures 5 inches long and 6 inches wide while standard downspouts are 2 x 3 inches or 3 x 4 inches in length and width and 3 or 4 inches in diameter. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach in home improvements, and your gutters are no exception. The correct size of your gutters will ultimately depend on the amount of rainfall your area receives. In general, the higher the slope of your roof is, the faster water slides down, the larger your gutters need to be.
The gutter material isn’t suited to the area – Of course, even a correctly sized gutter system won’t be able to handle the combined weight load of water and debris if it’s made of flimsy material. Not to mention climate conditions can affect the durability of your gutters. That’s why you should always do your research before choosing a gutter system.
Poor Installation Work
Choosing the wrong sort of gutter or adding the wrong size gutters and flimsy gutter hangers—these are all beginner mistakes that no professional serviceman would make. Usually, these are also the kind of mistakes DIYers make.
Aside from using the wrong type of materials, amateurs often space the gutter hangers too far apart. It doesn’t matter if they’re putting up the right kind of gutter. If the hangers are spaced more than three feet apart, sections of the gutters will begin to sag. Unless you had prior professional experience working on home improvement projects, it’s best to leave gutters to professionals with a little more experience.
We should mention that while do it yourself projects sometimes work, when it comes to gutters they often have more issues down the road than when a professional gutter contractor does the job. So if you're needing some help please feel free to contact Augusta Gutter Company for any gutter services