How to Prevent and Repair Sagging Gutters
Just like every other component of your home with times gutters need to be repaired due to old age, improper installation, or lack of routine care if you want to prevent issues. One of the most requested gutter repairs our company receives is sagging gutters, so how do you fix them, and should you do it yourself or hire a gutter company near you is the questions we are going to be answering but before we do let our gutter company in DE explain what causes your gutters to sag so that you can prevent this issue and why they need to be repaired sooner rather than later. As with all home repairs always remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Four Reasons That Causes Your Homes Gutters To Sag
1. Improper Installation
Whether you’re a do it yourselfer who installed your gutters or hired a local gutter repair company in Delaware if the gutters were not installed correctly issues such as sagging can occur. The common issue is that the hangers were not spaced close enough. Gutter hanger should be no more than a 1.5 feet apart so that the weight is distributed evenly and they should be just a smidgen lower than your roof line as if they are placed right on the roof the rain, snow or ice as it melts will slide back up to the lower side of the roof and the if it slopes too much or not enough then over time water can accumulate making the gutter heavy and lead to sagging. This is why you always want to work with a gutter repair company who knows how to install gutters correctly like EvenFlow Services. We have been installing, repairing, and cleaning gutters for over two decades.
2. Warped Materials
When alumni, vinyl or steel gutters have aged the material can start to warp because they expand and contrast as the temperatures fluctuate. As they expand and contrast this can lead to warping the materials this is why the company, we use has a non-corrosive coating they apply to your gutters to prevent corrosion that leads to warped materials. When gutters warp, they change their form or shape and consequences sag.
#3 Clogged Gutters
It is imperative and can’t be stressed enough that most of the gutter repairs your home faces is the lack of fall and spring gutter cleaning and this is certainly the case with sagging gutters. When gutter cleaning is not done on a routine basis this causes clogged gutters and when gutters are filled with leaves and twigs, they cause the gutters to sag and in worse cases separate from the home altogether.
The best way to prevent sagging gutters is with gutter cleaning, hiring a professional company to install your gutters and making sure the gutters they install have some sort of sealant or protective coating to prevent corrosion. However, if you find your gutter s have sagged there is one of two things you can do either hire a local gutter repair specialist or repair them yourself. If you are a handyman let us, give you the step-by-step directions and a list of supplies you will need to complete the job and if you are looking for a gutter repair or gutter cleaning company then call EvenFlow Services for a free quote.
# 4 Gutter Spikes: Gutters can be installed in different ways but one thing that causes sagging gutters is using a spike gutter system. In fact, 90% of the time gutters sag the spikes coming loose is what has led to your gutter sagging. We recommend replacing the “old system” with gutter hangers
Step By Step Directions To Repair Sagging Gutters
Supplies For The Job
Hammer with a claw
Phillips head and flat screw driver
Most homeowners have gutter hangers though some will have brackets or spikes. If you have hangers you want to locate where the sagging is then take your screwdriver and remove the hangers from underneath your roofing material. After the hanger has been removed simply replace them making sure to space them from 18 inches to two feet apart so they can handle the weight of snow and ice. The most common gutter hangers in our area since they are compatible for half rounded or K style gutters will be secured to the fascia board. One end of the hanger holds up the weight of the gutter from the outside with a hollow piece that has a long screw that drives into it with a hammer. Make sure they are tight and span half the width of the trough. For added security don’t install them back into the original area but just a tad away from where the last gutter hangers were placed. We recommend using hangers as opposed to spikes as they will outlast them. If you had gutter spikes you can replace them with hangers by making a new hole with your cordless drill and driving it deeper so that its more stable. Gutter hangers can also be designed so they are hidden and less noticeable then spikes. If your attempting to do it yourself and need a hand don't hesitate to contact our team for help.
Looking For A Gutter Repair Company Near You?
Whatever your gutter needs are from gutter repairs to gutter cleaning, and gutter guards our friendly, knowledge and reliable team located in Bear Delaware can help. We have over 20 years of service and are fully licensed and insured. Our quotes are free of charge and we serve the entire state of Delaware including Wilmington, Newark, and Dover. Give us a call today for a free estimate or complete our online form and a helpful staff member will contact you within 48 hours. In addition to offering gutter services consider bundling your services with our power washing, dryer vent cleaning or Christmas light installation to save some extra cash.