How to Replace Gutters, Downspouts and Downspouts
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Gutter replacement is not just about removing old ones. It also involves installing new gutters correctly, so that moisture can be controlled without damaging your roof and foundation. Work from ladders must be done with care. Warm temperatures and a safe environment are ideal.
A sloped gutter is ideal for drainage. To mark the line, measure from one fascia end to 20 feet and mark an inch below your starting point.
Aluminum gutters come in many sizes and are made from different materials. When selecting a gutter size based on rainfall averages in your area, also consider sloped soffits and roofs.
To make installation easier, trim gutter sections on a flat and stable surface. By doing this, you can connect them easily while standing on the ladder.
If you replace existing gutters, pay special attention to the soffit or fascia boards. Check for any signs of wood rot and repair as necessary before installing new gutters.
Install brackets at a distance of six inches either side and every 18-24" along the eaves. They can be attached with pop rivets, or short sheetmetal nails (the latter looks better and doesn't leave any sharp spikes within your gutter). Add an endcap to the gutter section that has a downspout. Slide it onto the hole and crimp on its edges.
Downspouts collect and direct rainwater from gutters away from the home. But if they crack, become missing or clogged, then it may be unable to handle its volume.
Before installing the new gutter, pull out a section to inspect it for its downspouts and the attachment points at its base. Remove any nails at these connecting point as well as lower downspout hold strap.
If rust spots are visible in your downspouts, they must be removed prior to installing a new one. Next, screw it back in place with gutter screws.
Gutter system materials vary in terms durability, resistance to weather and price. Seamless gutters with aluminum are usually the most expensive but provide the best durability, aesthetics and resistance to elements. Steel or galvanized ones tend to be less expensive but more prone to corrosion.
The process will be similar no matter what type of material you use. Start by measuring your existing gutter system and taking photos.
After you have taken measurements you can plan the layout of the new gutters. Each run of the gutter should slope down by a half inch every 10 foot of length. Mark this point and snap chalk lines between it – this will help determine where to place brackets and add downspouts, if needed.
The absence of fascias and soffits can make gutter systems ineffective. These components are important for supporting gutters that carry away rainwater and prevent soil erosiveness, dirt splashed on siding or basement leaks.
For optimal performance, gutters need to slope at a rate of approximately 14" per 10' towards a drain. Otherwise they can become clogged with debris or overflow in heavy rainfall. Longer gutter runs than 40 feet should have two downspouts each end. Roofs with hips require an extra downspout.
The homeowner with the right equipment can replace gutters by themselves. Follow these guidelines and always use a safety ladder. Consult a roofing expert to get advice and guidance on where you should start. They will help you understand the basics of soffit and facia repair and replacement so your new rain gutters perform optimally.
Gutter replacement is not just about removing old ones. It also involves installing new gutters correctly, so that moisture can be controlled without damaging your roof and foundation. Work from ladders must be done with care. Warm temperatures and a safe environment are ideal. A sloped gutter is ideal for drainage. To mark the line,…
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