From preventing water pooling and damage to your foundation to also preventing damage to your siding, lawn, and sidewalks, there are several benefits to having gutters professionally installed on your home. However, before the professionals can hang your new gutter system, there are several steps you need to take to protect your home and make it easier for the installers to access your home and complete the job. Here are a few simple tips to help you prepare your home and property before gutter installation.
Clear the Area Around Your House and Garage
The installation crew will need to access the edges of the roof on your home and garage. Move anything that is obstructing access, such as children's toys, potted plants, lawn chairs, or lawn ornaments. Cut back any overgrown shrubs around the perimeter of your home and cut back branches that are covering your current gutters, as well.
Clear, unobstructed access to your home and garage's roof will not only make it easier for the installation crew to install the new gutters, but it will also make it safer for the installers.
Mow the Lawn and Clear the Driveway
Next, mow the lawn and pick up any toys or other obstructions from the main part of your yard. If the installation crew drops any screws or smaller objects it will be easier to find these pieces if your grass is mowed. Move all of your cars from the driveway and place them on the street or in your garage. This will ensure the crew has a place to park and quickly access any materials they will need to finish the job.
Make Any Necessary Repairs to Your Siding
Before the installation crew arrives to hang your new gutters, check your siding for any missing paint or damage. Repair this damage or add a fresh coat of paint before the gutters are installed. If there is any serious damage to the siding, it will impact the integrity of the gutters and potentially cause them to fall.
Fix Any Drainage Issues
Finally, if you have had issues with drainage in the past, such as an improper slope away from your home, it will impact the efficiency of your gutters. Contact a professional to grade your yard slope away from your home and garage before you have your gutters installed.
Preparing for your gutter installation properly will help ensure the installation team is able to perform their job quickly, effectively, and safely.
For more information on how to prepare for residential gutter installation, contact a company like Top of The Trades.