Raleigh, NC – Rain-Go Exteriors, a gutter and siding company based in Raleigh, NC, recently shared several helpful tips on gutter installation and repair. The company said that these tips were timely, as the spring and summer are periods of heavy rain in Raleigh, NC.
The first tip that Rain-Go Exteriors shared is that gutters should not be installed over rotten wood, as this will cause the gutters to eventually fall off. According to Rain-Go Exteriors, the rot will continue to spread to the roof/rafters and siding Raleigh, NC. Rain-Go Gutters pointed out that many dishonest contractors in the Raleigh area will intentionally install gutters over rotten or otherwise unsuitable wood so that they can do the job for a cheaper price. These gutters will need to be repaired or replaced.
Rain-Go Exteriors’ second tip regarding gutter installation and repair was that stainless steel screws should be used to attach gutters to the building. According to Rain-Go Exteriors, many gutters Raleigh, NC are attached with zinc-coated screws. Rain-Go Exteriors cautioned that these screws are meant for indoor use only and will quickly rust when exposed to the elements. This will cause the screws to eventually snap off, compromising the integrity of the gutter. For proper gutter maintenance, Rain-Go Exteriors recommended that zinc-coated screws be replaced with the superior stainless steel screws.
Rain-Go Exteriors also announced that a process called “flashing” may be necessary to improve the performance of gutters. Rain-Go defined flashing as a process of bending metal. This metal is then placed under both courses of shingles, extending into the gutter. This prevents water from running behind a home’s gutters. The problem, according to Rain-Go Gutters & Siding Raleigh, is that – due to poor installation – shingles in Raleigh rarely extend the recommended 1.25” over the fascia board. This allows water to run behind the gutters, rendering them useless.
Rain-Go Exteriors also announced that gutters must have the correct pitch and slope to direct water away from the home. If gutters are not pitched/sloped correctly, water will run toward the house, causing the siding to rot and the foundation to erode.
About Rain-Go Exteriors
Rain-Go Exteriors specializes in roofing, siding, and gutters in Raleigh, NC. The company serves both Wake and Durham Counties. Rain-Go Exteriors is a licensed general contracting and construction company that has been in business since 1998. The company has held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau since its founding. The company is also a recipient of the Angie’s List “Super Service Award,” given to the top 5% of contractors listed on the Angie’s List website. Rain-Go Exteriors offers a 10-year warranty on craftsmanship and a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty.