Three Reasons Why You Should Avoid J-Hook Fasteners When Installing Gutters
During a gutter installation, there are a number of ways in which the gutters can be installed. To save on money, some contractors may use J-hooks to connect the gutters to a roof. While this does allow the gutters to collect rainwater as intended, J-hooks are one of the worst options. Here is why you should avoid using J-hook fasteners when installing your gutters.
Gaps Are Created
The J-hooks leave a gap between the edge of the roof and the gutters. It may be as small as an eighth of an inch to as wide as a third of an inch. Really poorly installed gutters may have even larger gaps as a result of using J-hook fasteners. Not only are these gaps unsightly, but they also lead to much bigger problems with your roof and your foundation.
The whole point to gutters is to catch all that water and move it away from the roof and your foundation. Using J-hooks to install gutters and leave gaps means that the gaps will leak. Water will look for another way to travel, including getting under the eaves of your house and traveling back into your roof and walls. The water that escapes to the ground will saturate the earth around the foundation. Now, your basement can become flooded and you will get water damage in the walls and roof.
J-Hooks Deform the Edge of the Roof
J-hooks also deform the edge of the roof and the edges of gutters. You have a flat bar that ends in a small bump that needs to be bolted to the edge of the roof. This bump pushes up shingles that are already present, leaving cracked deformities every couple of feet. If you install a new roof when you install new gutters, then you get shingles that create a large opening and bump all along the edge. Neither are attractive and both contribute to water damage.
The J-hooks also lead to deformities and unsightly rust on the gutters. Most of the J-hooks bought and sold contain some iron, which rusts over time. Then you get these big, ugly streaks of orange all over the gutters, which makes your home look like a mess.
As for the deformities, the hind edges of the gutters have to be bent slightly to meet the hook ends of these fasteners. Then they are attached via the small screw opening at the ends of the hooks. It produces an odd, misshapen appearance to your gutters.