Correctly installed gutters have:
- Proper Slope: We always install our gutters with levels to ensure proper slope so that the rain water will travel to the downspout. Proper sloping on a gutter needs to be somewhere around a quarter inch drop per 10 feet of length.
- Correct Fasteners: We always fasten our gutters with Raytec hidden hangers & screws. The old school procedure is to fasten the gutter with spikes & ferrules or hidden hangers fastened with a small nail. Anytime a gutter is fastened with spikes or nails , it will eventually pull loose,causing water to travel behind the gutter. This is why so many homes have rotten soffit & fascia boards. Also when a gutter is nailed on, it is almost impossible to adjust if needed. Screws will very seldom pull loose if ever! The Raytec hanger is strong enough to handle up to 225 lbs of weight!
- Correctly Sealed: One very important procedure to installing a gutter system correctly is to use proper sealer on the corners & end caps. The best product that we have found is called Geocel. We like this product because it seals great, yet stays pliable & is able to flex without cracking as the aluminum expands & contracts. Yes there are other products that will work just as well, but Geocel was manufactured specifically for the gutter industry.