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Installing Gutters

Professional gutter installers can easily handle the more complex rooflines of some homes.

The pitch of your roof, the number of cut-outs you have, (gables, dormers, and perpendicular roof lines), and the type of material covering your roof, all affect the selection of gutters for your home. An experienced do-it-yourselfer may be able to install gutters and slope them correctly to downspouts when they are going on a ranch style house with two or three straight runs of guttering.

However, it is wise to consult a contractor if your house roofline is more complex, or if you have tiles or shakes covering your roof. Also, only a contractor can install seamless gutters, not sectional gutters pieces which are vulnerable to leaking at the seams.

 

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Facts

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms...

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Contrary to popular opinion, gutters do not cause ice dams.

FAQ's

Q. Our home does not have a fascia board. It has exposed eaves with the rafters coming out. Can gutters be installed on this type of area?

A. There are several methods for hanging gutters from rafter ends. One method is to install fascia boards for mounting. Another is by installing hidden hangers and roof straps to install the gutter system.

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