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Measure and Install Gutter

How to properly Measure and Install Gutter Installation

Properly-sized gutters provide protection from moisture damage to your roof, foundation, siding and landscaping. A trusted gutter company will know which style and size are ideal for your home based on local climate.

Discover the highest point of your gutter slope and temporarily secure a nail there, instructing an assistant to snap a chalk line along this edge.

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1. Measure Your Roof

Before your roofing professional reaches the roof, they’ll carefully measure where gutters will go. They will take an aerial view of your home and mark any entryways, valleys, peaks or window hangs so they can ensure gutters will be installed without leakage – the more precisely they measure, the fewer seams there’ll be and therefore more efficient your system will be.

Once they’ve identified the low end of each gutter run, they’ll mark its location for downspouts. They should be spaced 4 feet apart and discharging away from the house for optimal performance. Installing gutters with extra length at their low ends may also help protect them from tree branches or bushes that could clog it; an installation hanger secured to fascia with either lag screws or stainless steel rivets will keep this problem at bay; spikes or ferrules should be avoided since these could potentially split fascia boards leaving them vulnerable against moisture damage damage.

2. Measure Your Fascia

To successfully install a gutter system, it requires fascia boards in good condition. If any are rotting or bowing, replacement will likely be necessary as fascia boards support and protect roof edges from moisture damage as well as provide essential support to roof edges themselves.

Before embarking on replacing fascia boards, the first step should be measuring existing boards. Your professional handyman must determine both length and width for every piece. They also need to take note of any valleys in which there may be 90deg corners that have an indented slope that differs from that seen elsewhere along the gutter run.

If you are replacing all or parts of a fascia, marking the high and low ends of each gutter run will help determine the appropriate slope. From here, use a level and tape measure to get an accurate reading on this measurement; once finished, drive nails at either end of each gutter run then use chalk lines between them as markers to trace its path.

3. Measure Your Gutters

Knowing the correct measurements when installing new gutters or replacing old ones is crucial. A tape measure or wheel are great tools for this task, while ladders may also come in handy depending on the height of your roof. Ensure your ladder stands on a stable surface, and use pen, pencils and paper, or an app on your smartphone, to record measurements as you go along.

Start from one corner of the house and slowly extend a measuring wheel or tape measure all the way across to its end point, marking this point with chalk as you proceed. Repeat this step for each section of gutter that needs replacement, adding all measurements together until you arrive at an estimate for total length required for new gutters.

As part of your measurement process, it is also a good idea to document each gutter run’s slope. Gutter slope is essential for water drainage and should at minimum measure 1/4-inch per foot. Furthermore, knowing the maximum rainfall intensity in your region will allow you to ascertain exactly how much gutter you require.

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4. Measure Your Downspouts

Proper gutter downspout placement and size is critical to effective rainwater drainage. They should be at least a foot apart and located near where each section of gutter bends or turns, to ensure maximum runoff from an average rainfall event. You should also make sure they can handle sufficient volumes of water accumulated within them.

To determine the size of your downspouts, measure your roof’s drainage area by multiplying peak-to-eave length and width together, and dividing by gutter width to determine how many downspouts are necessary. As a general guideline, one downspout for every 25-35 linear feet of guttering may suffice, though some homeowners opt to install extra downspouts to increase drainage capacity.

Prior to ascending the roof, have an assistant hold a ladder as you use a level and chalk snap line to mark the gutter slope line. Make sure it slopes at an inclination of no greater than 1/4 inch per 10 feet so as to prevent leakage at joint joints and corners.

5. Cut Your Gutters

Before installing gutters, it’s crucial to ensure they’re cut correctly. Unfortunately, this can be a challenging task without proper equipment or the ability to safely climb a ladder. Once cut, gutters will need to be filed or sanded to smooth away sharp edges in order to prevent injuries and make handling them simpler.

As you are cutting gutter sections, mark where you plan to install downspouts. A good rule of thumb is having holes every 10 feet for downspout installation to ensure proper waterflow to your drainage system.

Before beginning cutting gutters, wear protective gloves and safety goggles for your own safety and secure each section firmly to a workbench or sawhorses to reduce movement or instability. Next, use either a gutter saw or hacksaw to cut along your marked line.

6. Install Your Gutters

Gutter may seem inconsequential, but they play an integral part in protecting homes from soil erosion, foundation damage and messy messes around them. While DIY installation of gutters is possible, professional services should always be sought instead for this task.

A roofing contractor can use a ladder to quickly and safely install gutters, making sure they have an ideal pitch or slope that channels rainwater towards downspouts away from the home, with downspouts positioned accordingly so no pools of water form around your foundation or facade.

To ensure gutters have the correct pitch, the roofing contractor will create a reference point on the fascia board by driving a nail 1/2 inch below the shingles and tacking a chalk snap line across its span. After moving their ladder over, they’ll mark it with another chalk line at an angle that is about 3/4-inches lower — this creates a slope which ensures proper draining from gutters and will ensure they drain correctly over 30 feet of gutter run. Repeat this process on every 30 foot of gutter run for optimal performance!

7. Install Your Downspouts

If your gutters aren’t connected properly to downspouts, rainwater may pool around your foundation and cause extensive damage. But connecting gutters is easier than you might think and can be completed yourself with just a few simple steps.

Before beginning, use a ladder safely on even ground and secure it by drawing chalk lines at each location where your gutter should end. Repeat these steps for each downspout location to help create an effective slope that allows gravity to pull water away from your home and down the gutters.

Once you have marked the gutter locations, purchase downspouts and accessories like elbows, downspout connectors, straps, drain pipes and extensions to move them as far away from your house as possible. A gutter extension may also be necessary.

Most 10-ft. lengths of downspout come pre-crimped at one end for easy assembly; if not, simply crimp one end of each short section using a pair of tin snips and then fit the first elbow over your drop outlet to secure with metal screws.

8. Seal Your Gutters

Professional gutter installations can be done for an affordable fee; otherwise you can install them yourself using quality products such as LePage QUAD Max Window, Door and Siding Sealant that work even when wet to properly seal gutter seams before any snowfall or rainstorm arrives. Gutter seams that leak can damage property; take steps now so your seams won’t leak later on!

Install the first section of gutter with care, taking precaution not to puncture or damage the fascia board with nails or screws. Secure hanger brackets securely to the fascia board by bolting or riveting them to it.

Make sure the second section of gutter follows the chalk line, away from your home. Avoid pointing it in any directions that could clog it, such as toward hose bibs or electric meters. Attach the downspout outlet fitting into the gutter, fasten a drainpipe to its end to divert water away from foundation areas, and attach any downspout extensions you may have installed to its outlet fitting.

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