How to Replace Gutters And Downspouts
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Gutter replacement requires more than just removing your old gutters. The new ones must be installed correctly in order to maintain moisture control and prevent damage to your roof, house exterior or foundation. Work from ladders should be done with caution. Warm temperatures would be ideal.
For optimal gutter drainage, the gutter must slope toward the downspout. To mark this line, measure 20 feet from one end of the fascia. Mark 1 inch lower than your starting point.
Aluminum gutters have become the most common. When choosing a length based on the average rainfall, keep in consideration sloped roofing and soffit angles.
Cut gutter sections to the desired length on a stable, flat surface before mounting. This will make assembly easier. It is easier to connect them when standing on a ladder.
If you plan to replace existing gutters with new ones, inspect the soffit and facia boards for signs that they are rotten and repair them or repaint if necessary before installing the new gutters.
Install brackets every 18-24 inches on the eaves and six inches away from either end. You can use pop rivets or short sheetmetal bolts. The latter will look better and won't leave sharp spikes inside the gutter. If you have a downspout on one end of the gutter section, slide an end cap over it and crimp all its edges.
Downspouts are designed to collect rainwater draining from gutters, and direct that water away from your home. However, they can become damaged, missing or clogged if the downspouts are no longer able to handle their volume.
Before installing a new downspout on an existing gutter, pull a section down to inspect its downspout holes and attachment points at the base. Remove any rivets on these connecting points. Also, remove the lower downspout retaining strap.
If you notice rust in your downspout hole, it must be removed before installing your new one. Next, secure your downspout back with gutter screw. If you have an existing downspout that has an elbow, cut the gutter to fit between the two elbows and crimp or slip coupling before screwing in place.
Gutter systems vary in price, durability and resistance to the elements. Seamless Aluminum gutters are the most expensive, but they provide maximum durability and aesthetics. Steel and galvanized metal gutters can be cheaper, but are more susceptible for corrosion.
The process for installation is the same regardless of the material that you choose. Start by measuring and surveying your existing gutters before beginning any work.
Once you have taken your measurements, it is time to plan out the layout of new gutters. Each run of gutters should slope downwards by half an in every 10 feet. Mark and snap a chalkline at the highest point. This will help you determine where to install brackets, as well as where to add downspouts.
In their absence, fascia and Soffits are crucial to the proper functioning of gutters. Yet these components are crucial for supporting gutters and removing rainwater from your house. They can also prevent soil erosion, dirt splattering on siding, and basement leaking.
For optimal performance gutters must slope at approximately a 14-inch angle per 10 feet towards the downspout. Otherwise they risk becoming clogged by debris and overflowing in heavy rain. If the gutter run is longer than 40', it should have two downspouts. Gutters on hip roofs must also have additional downspouts.
You can do it yourself if you have the proper equipment. Follow these simple steps and use a safe, sturdy ladder to complete the job. Consult an expert in roofing for help and advice. They will explain how to replace or repair your soffit fascia and gutters.
Gutter replacement requires more than just removing your old gutters. The new ones must be installed correctly in order to maintain moisture control and prevent damage to your roof, house exterior or foundation. Work from ladders should be done with caution. Warm temperatures would be ideal. For optimal gutter drainage, the gutter must slope toward…