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Guide To Installing Gutters And Downspouts

Here is a guide on how to install seamless gutter:

1.      Ensure to effective plan and map out your work. Create a materials checklist to ensure that you have all the essentials and draw the schematics you want to achieve.

          Ensure that you have the right measurement and perspective of your house’s gutter system

          You have to make a decision on what kind of material you want for your gutter (Aluminum, PVC, Galvanized or Copper)

          Ensure you have the right tools and materials that includes the right measurement of each:

A.      Aluminum Size (0.27 – commonly used, 0.32)

B.      Downspout material (0.19 Thickness 2 X 3 – most commonly used & 3 X 4)

C. Spikes & Ferrules (Smooth Spike, Spiral Spike or Ring Shank Spike – Recommended)

D.  Hidden Hangers and Spike Spacing (36”, 30” – most common, 24” – Recommended)

E.      Gutter Slope (1” to 2” slope in 40 FT- Ensure you have the right slope otherwise you will lose the gutters holding capacity)

F.    Downspout Capacity (2 X 3 downspout – Drain 600 sq. FT. of roof area, 3 X 4 downspout – Drain 1,200 sq. FT. of roof area)

G.  Gutter Capacity – (One foot of 5” K-style holds 1.2 gallons of water, One foot of 6” K-style holds 2.0 gallons of water)

H.    Screws & Pop Rivets – (Stainless steel with paint heads – Recommended, Zinc coated with paint heads, Pop Rivets)

                I.     Straps for the Downspouts

2. Check the condition of the Fascia boards and soffit. Make sure that these are not rotting and have it replaced before putting up your gutter system. Check the trees surrounding your roof. Give it a trim if you feel like it is obstructing or damaging your gutter.

3.Ensure that you have assembled the gutter on the ground the right way. If you are using a machine in the case of aluminum seamless gutter, ensure that you have measured correctly. Ensure that the downspouts and outlets are clearly marked and placed in the right position  

4.   Install your gutter. Ensure it is being snugly retrofitted to your roof. Make sure that your gutter has the proper slope and must be placed behind the drip edge. Strip flashing may be used to close the gap between the back of the gutter and drip edge.

5.      Properly install downspouts. Firmly screw the downspout to the outlet with another elbow pressing against the wall. You should use a crimper to squeeze each length of the downspout and elbow to allow the pieces to fit together. Install gutter guards to keep the leaves out and other debris from blocking the passageway of water.

These are the simple ways of installing your seamless gutter. The secret to ensuring the longevity of your gutter system is to maintain it the right way. Free it from any obstruction on a regular basis even if you have installed gutter guards.

Never be stingy on the materials that you use for your gutter. The cost now is significantly lower compared to the damage it can bring your home. It’s better to pay for it now than be sorry for later. Overall, installation can easily be done by you. But when in doubt, call a professional.

Here is a guide on how to install seamless gutter:

1.      Ensure to effective plan and map out your work. Create a materials checklist to ensure that you have all the essentials and draw the schematics you want to achieve.

          Ensure that you have the right measurement and perspective of your house’s gutter system

          You have to make a decision on what kind of material you want for your gutter (Aluminum, PVC, Galvanized or Copper)

          Ensure you have the right tools and materials that includes the right measurement of each:

A.      Aluminum Size (0.27 – commonly used, 0.32)

B.      Downspout material (0.19 Thickness 2 X 3 – most commonly used & 3 X 4)

C.      Spikes & Ferrules (Smooth Spike, Spiral Spike or Ring Shank Spike – Recommended)

D.     Hidden Hangers and Spike Spacing (36”, 30” – most common, 24” – Recommended)

E.      Gutter Slope (1” to 2” slope in 40 FT- Ensure you have the right slope otherwise you will lose the gutters holding capacity)

F.       Downspout Capacity (2 X 3 downspout – Drain 600 sq. FT. of roof area, 3 X 4 downspout – Drain 1,200 sq. FT. of roof area)

G.     Gutter Capacity – (One foot of 5” K-style holds 1.2 gallons of water, One foot of 6” K-style holds 2.0 gallons of water)

H.     Screws & Pop Rivets – (Stainless steel with paint heads – Recommended, Zinc coated with paint heads, Pop Rivets)

2.      Check the condition of the Fascia boards and soffit. Make sure that these are not rotting and have it replaced before putting up your gutter system. Check the trees surrounding your roof. Give it a trim if you feel like it is obstructing or damaging your gutter.

3.      Ensure that you have assembled the gutter on the ground the right way. If you are using a machine in the case of aluminum seamless gutter, ensure that you have measured correctly. Ensure that the downspouts and outlets are clearly marked and placed in the right position.

4.      Install your gutter. Ensure it is being snugly retrofitted to your roof. Make sure that your gutter has the proper slope and must be placed behind the drip edge. Strip flashing may be used to close the gap between the back of the gutter and drip edge.

5.      Properly install downspouts. Firmly screw the downspout to the outlet with another elbow pressing against the wall. You should use a crimper to squeeze each length of the downspout and elbow to allow the pieces to fit together. Install gutter guards to keep the leaves out and other debris from blocking the passageway of water.

 

These are the simple ways of installing your seamless gutter. The secret to ensuring the longevity of your gutter system is to maintain it the right way. Free it from any obstruction on a regular basis even if you have installed gutter guards.

Never be stingy on the materials that you use for your gutter. The cost now is significantly lower compared to the damage it can bring your home. It’s better to pay for it now than be sorry for later. Overall, installation can easily be done by you. But when in doubt, call a professional.

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