Three Reasons Why Your Gutters Should Be Properly Secured
A poor gutter installation job often results in having to redo the job. There are also cheaper types of gutters you can install on your home, but these should never be installed on a house that encounters frequent high winds and tornadoes or hurricanes. Under these conditions, your gutters should always be properly secured. Here is why.
Swing Gutters and Strong Winds
There are cheap gutters that are frequently attached using "J" hooks. These "swing" gutters leave a lot of space open between the edge of your roof and the gutter itself. It is supposed to help with water overflow, but it is the wrong kind of gutter to have in very windy and stormy areas. The wind has a tendency to blow these hanging gutters back and forth in the powerful winds, eventually tearing them loose from your roof. Then both the gutters AND your roof need to be repaired. You may even need gutter replacement to take off the swinging gutters and install gutters that hug the edge of your roof.
Bolted-on gutters are more secure, and they tend to hug the edge of your roof. Just make sure that the edges of the gutters are flush with the edges of your roof or the water can get channeled into the eaves and end up damaging the underside of your roof. Ask your contractor what approach he or she uses to make the edges flush and prevent back flow of precipitation into the eaves.
Gutters that come with top panels to prevent debris from clogging up the works are an ideal solution, especially if you have squirrels that like to use the gutters as seed storage for the winter. Make sure these gutters hang below the edge of your roof and not above it. Otherwise, a ton of leaves, twigs and debris get jammed up behind the caps and really bad ice dams form. Most roofing contractors worth their salt will know this, but if you are attempting to DIY your own gutter replacement, you should know it too.
Additionally, you should make sure the caps are quite secure. They should either be welded or bolted onto the gutters as strong winds can blow into the narrow channels at the top and pick up the gutters like broken twigs. If the caps and gutters are not secure, they become wind tunnels where the air pressure builds until the strong winds outside rip them up from their positions. Talk with a gutter replacement and installation contractor for more help.