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Installing Gutters



Gutter Accesories

diagram
1 Gutter Coil 15 Louvered Gutter Guard 29 Combination Hanger
2 Leader 16 Mesh Gutter Guard 30 Canadian Hanger
3 Pipe Cleat 17 Gutter Wedge 31 Spike
4 Pipe Band 18 Box Miter, Inside 32 Ferrule
5 Leader Head 19 Box Miter, Outside 33 Wrap Around Hanger
6 Funnel 20 Strip Miter, Inside 34 Fascia Hanger
7 A Elbow 21 Strip Miter, Outside 35 Zip Screw
8 Zig Zag Elbow 22 Bay Miter, Inside 36 Masonry Nail
9 B Elbow 23 Bay Miter, Outside 37 Rivet
10 A Elbow 30" 24 Hidden Hanger with screw 38 Pallet Nail
11 End Cap 25 Hidden Hanger 39 Touch-up Paint
12 Pop in Outlet 26 FSH Bar Hanger 40 Sealers, Caulking
13 K Outlet 27 Suspended SST Bar Hanger    
14 Flat Strainer 27 SST Bar Hanger    
 

Installation tips for Do-It-Yourselfer’s

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Safety First

You must consider your personal capabilities, as well as the cost and convenience. The cost of professional gutter installation is very affordable – especially compared to the cost of injuries that can result from falls from roofs or ladders. But if you decide to install your own gutters, be sure to use protective devices such as harnesses, tie-ins, and ropes. Consult OSHA for information on safety during gutter installation.

While installing long seamless gutters is best left to the professionals, sectional gutters can be installed by a handy homeowner with the assistance of one or two helpers. Following are instructions that will get you started.

Look at the outside of your home and develop a gutter layout plan to decide how you would like the gutters to channel water to drain away from your home. Measure along the edges of your roof to determine how many sections of gutter you need. Gutters generally come in 8 to 10-foot sections. Combine the roof measurement with your gutter layout plan to calculate the number of feet of gutter and accessories you will need. (See diagram below for components list.) Tip: You will need mounting brackets for every 24 to 30 inches of gutter you run.

Calculate the slope you will need so the water in your gutters will flow towards the downspouts. Gutters should slope down 1/4 inch for every 5 feet of gutter that you install. Mark the start and end points of the slope of each gutter run. from high to low point, on your fascia board. Snap a chalk line as your reference line for installing your gutters.

If using external brackets, install the brackets on your fascia, then mount the individual sections of gutter onto the mounting brackets. If you are using internal mounting brackets, install them into the gutter first, then attach the gutter pieces to the fascia using the internal brackets. Join the sections with gutter connectors. Run a bead of silicon caulk between the gutter sections to prevent water leaking through the seams.

Carefully determine where your downspouts will fall, then cut a hole in the gutter bottom at each point you will install a downspout, before lifting the gutter up to the roof edge. Re-check the position of the downspout hole for alignment. Install an elbow at the bottom of this gutter outlet, then measure, cut and install the downspout. Use mounting brackets to firmly attach each downspout to the side of your house. Depending on the size and configuration of your roof and size of your gutters, you will need downspouts at least every 30 feet.

Your local hardware retailer who sells the gutters and accessories, should provide manufacturers instructions with the products. Below is a diagram of a guttering system along with a glossary of accessories you will need to install your own gutters.

 

Gutter Installation by a Contractor

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A professional or licensed gutter installer is the best choice in the long run for most home and building owners. Most gutter installers offer seamless gutters, and may also offer some form of leaf protection such as screens, gutter guards, or gutter covers.

You also want to be sure that your installer uses some type of internal hangers, not the inferior spike and ferule method, to attach your gutters to your house.


Tips for Choosing a gutter Installer

  • Ask for a home visit
  • Make sure they are Bonded/ Insured
  • Ask if their product or work is warranteed
  • Check how long have they been in business
  • Get a written estimate
  • Get references from former customers and check them
  • Contact your local Better Business Bureau
 

Installing Gutters

Professional gutter installers can easily handle the more complex rooflines of some homes.

The pitch of your roof, the number of cut-outs you have, (gables, dormers, and perpendicular roof lines), and the type of material covering your roof, all affect the selection of gutters for your home. An experienced do-it-yourselfer may be able to install gutters and slope them correctly to downspouts when they are going on a ranch style house with two or three straight runs of guttering.

However, it is wise to consult a contractor if your house roofline is more complex, or if you have tiles or shakes covering your roof. Also, only a contractor can install seamless gutters, not sectional gutters pieces which are vulnerable to leaking at the seams.

 


Facts

The life expectancy of the average...

The life expectancy of the average aluminum gutter is 20 – 30 years or longer, depending on maintenance, the care you take putting ladders against them, and regional weather conditions in your area of the country.

FAQ's

Q. Our home does not have a fascia board. It has exposed eaves with the rafters coming out. Can gutters be installed on this type of area?

A. There are several methods for hanging gutters from rafter ends. One method is to install fascia boards for mounting. Another is by installing hidden hangers and roof straps to install the gutter system.

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