Celina M. Sondergaard Gutter Guards June 10th, 2018 - 20:18:28
Do not drive the spikes all the way. Proceed along the gutter in two foot incremental spaces until reaching the opposite end of the gutter. Get down off your ladder and look at the gutter. Does it tip ever so slightly towards the downspout hole? If it is really noticeable it may be too much tilt. Now is the time to adjust the gutter slope before you drive the spikes completely into the wood. If you are happy with the gutter go ahead and drive the spikes flush with the gutter but do not compress the gutter or ferrules.
There are cases where due to a large expanse of roof area a larger gutter may be required. Five inch gutters are available that resemble the four inch standard size. The downspouts are increased to four inch from three inch to accommodate the extra water flow. If the downspouts are undersized the water will wash over the outside lip of the gutter defeating the entire intent of the gutter and possibly damage the house or landscaping below. Also available are gutters called "Yankee Gutters". These are built into the roof itself and do not protrude from the roofs edges.
The splash block helps carry the water away from the foundation and prevents soil erosion alongside the foundation as well. Splash blocks are available in concrete plastic and fiberglass. All function well so the decision on your part is price and final appearance. I avoid gutters unless they are absolutely necessary or building code required. A door in the eave end of a building requires a gutter over the door. It does not require a gutter the entire length of the building. Gutters capture leaves and other debris cause ice dams in snow areas and need constant cleaning. I avoid them whenever possible.
Why? Answer: There are several reasons: 1. Not all gutter cleaners do a good job. Rosemary paid $75 to have her gutters cleaned and just three days later they overflowed. Did the contractor do a bad job or did enough leaves fall to clog the downspout? Answer: No way to tell. 2. The fellow Joe hired to clean his gutters didnt have any insurance. Big problem! Unfortunately there was an accident with the ladder and the fellow sued Joe; and Joe went through a nightmare the fellows doctors and Joes own insurance company.