Clearwater gutter installation and transport rainwater, divert debris away from the house and foundation, and protect landscaping, siding and windows. When they are installed properly, gutters provide years of service with minimal maintenance. However, a gutter system can become damaged by storms, clogs or improper installation. When the time comes to replace a gutter or install a new one, it is important to understand the steps involved in gutter installment. In this article, we will discuss how to set up a ladder for safe working conditions, access the roof and fascia boards, and install gutters and downspouts. We will also explain how to calculate the square footage of a roof segment and determine the correct size gutter needed for the roof area.
Gutter Installation Made Easy: Steps, Tips, and Best Practices for a Successful Project
Using a ladder, secure it to the deck or building and set it up so that you can comfortably work from the middle section of the gutter. If possible, work with a friend for safety and assistance in holding the ladder. Also, remember to always work in dry weather and wear eye protection when cutting metal gutters.
Begin by cutting the length of gutter to length with a hacksaw and aviation snips or a power miter saw equipped with a carbide-tipped blade. If the gutter runs around a corner, cut it at the applicable angle–typically 45 degrees. Then, place a chalk line at each of the two rafter tails where you will attach the fascia brackets (gutter hangers). Next, drill 1/8 inch (0.32 cm) pilot holes through the fascia board and into the rafter tails, as shown.Read More