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INSTALLATION METHOD:

gutter hangers

Until recently, strap hangers were the only method of installing gutter on a house with a 1x2 fascia board or slanted fascia. These straps were nailed through the decking of the roof in an attempt to prevent the gutters from sagging down. In our experience we found that this installation technique usually starts to fail due to the straps pulling away from the roof within five years of being in Oklahoma weather. This will cause the gutter to sag and drain ineffectively which can lead to further damage such as fascia board rot, siding damage, washed out flower beds, brick staining, cracks in the foundation, and erosion.

To solve this problem, Rain Guard uses a hidden hanger and a specially designed bracket which attaches to the back of the gutter to hold the gutter level. There is no roof penetration resulting in less chance of moisture damage and sagging. This installation technique is the most efficient method for long lasting gutters.

corners/miters

Rainguard's cornersAnother difference in our installations is the technique used to join a corner together. Some companies today still use what is called a “strip miter” to join the gutter to form a corner. A strip miter could be considered the easy way of connecting a corner because it requires no skill at all. Rain Guard does not use any type of strip miter, instead we make special tabs in the gutter that are used to connect both pieces of gutter. The benefits of not using a strip miter are fewer seams in the gutter, a more professional look, and as a result less chances for the gutter to leak in the years which follow.

screws vs. nails

The most important aspect of any gutter installation is how it is attached to the house. How it joins to the house determines the longevity of that gutter system. Nails have proved to be inefficient in holding a gutter in place. Because most nails are smooth and are installed horizontally into the house it is easier for them to pull out and cause the gutter to sag. Screws are the strongest way to attach a gutter to a house. Since they are threaded and drilled in they can support more weight and last longer than a nail. Screws should be the only way to install gutter. 

BE WARY OF LOW CONTRACTORS AND POOR INSTALLATIONS. 

Here are some examples of bad gutter jobs that were professionally installed by gutter contractors.

  • Spike and ferrule installation failure. 

  • Leaky seams 

  • Strip miter and rusted screws on outside corner

  • Not enough support brackets. Brackets spaced too far apart.

  • Building Reputation
  • NFIB
  • Accredited Business through the Better Business Bureau
  • Doctor Reviews & Contractors Ratings
  • Gutter Helmet
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm