How to install a new gutter system
A gutter system will increase the efficiency of water transfer from roof to drainage system, helping to maintain house structure by eliminating problems often caused by leaking or badly positioned gutters.
6 Easy Steps How to…….
1) Planning – Before you begin, inspect the fascia and soffits for rot, and replace any that display damage. Draw a sketch of the guttering layout, to identify material requirements, dimensions and locations for downpipes. Note that downpipes should be approximately 4ft longer than the building height to drain water away from the property, and positioned near a drain.
2) Cutting & Joining – Complete the preparation work on the ground, not at the top of a ladder. Where possible, avoid numerous joints in the guttering to prevent the chance of leakage, as well as a better visual appearance. If necessary, lap all seems together, rather than butting. For extra stability, fix with rivets.
3) Downpipe & Outlets – Downpipes are usually positioned at the end of a wall, but if you have a particularly long run of guttering, you may need to install more frequently. Once you have determined the downpipe location, measure the stretch of guttering required, place the guttering flange side down, and with a pair of snippers’ cut a hole for the water to flow to the downpipe.
4) Hanging –. Set a slope by driving a nail 1/2 inch in to the fascia on the high side of the gutter run. Subtract 1/4 inch for every 10 ft. and again, mark this point with a nail, before stretching a chalk line between the two points. Align the guttering accordingly and screw direct to the fascia. Sloping helps eliminate standing water that can cause corrosion.
5) Flashing & Hanging – Prevent water from running behind your gutters by installing a flashing’ under the shingles of the roof, filtering over the back edge of the gutter. Install hangers every 2 ft. to support the gutters and strengthen the front edge.
6) Downpipes – Assemble the elbows and downpipe tube with the crimped ends facing down to prevent water from leaking out of the joints. Use screws rather than rivets to attach, so you can disassemble the downspouts to clean them if necessary. Finish by applying U-shaped brackets to the wall and slotting the downpipe within.
Materials Required – Guttering / Outlets / Downpipes / Screws / Flashing / Elbows
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