Fixing Common Gutter Blunders
Design and install gutters as if they prevent damp foundations, peeling paint, and mold—because they do.
Synopsis: Poorly planned and poorly installed gutters can cause a myriad of moisture problems in buildings. In this article, seasoned remodeling contractor Brent Briggs points out the most common of these and spells out how to fix them.
As a home-improvement contractor for the past 30 years, I’ve seen an inordinate amount of damage to homes that can be attributed to rain-gutter problems. From stains on the siding, to major foundation problems, to flooded basements and interior mold, poorly installed rain gutters always cause a host of problems. Here are fixes for the most common ones I encounter. Many of these problems can be corrected easily, except for poor roof design, which is often based more on looks than practicality and is very difficult to change after the roof has been built. Even then, installing a larger gutter or increasing the number of downspouts can make a difference. Here, I…