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Gutter Replacement: Tips For Installing Gutters
1. Rain Gutter Replacement – Project Planning
Finished Rain Gutter
You can easily buy guttering from full-service hardware stores as well as home centers. It is easy to install but you can use the same parts to make a rain gutter and downspout with some additional work. These DIY rain gutters and downspouts will not only be much stronger but will also look better.
Gutter Replacement Project – Evaluation and Planning
DIY gutter replacement can save you a lot of money as compared to the professional installation of gutters but it’s not that easy and you need to watch out for a few pitfalls. First of all, you should take a close look at the fascia and soffit to check for any signs of rotted wood. If there is any rotted wood, it will need to be replaced for the installation of the rain gutters. In many cases, there is also a crown molding or trim board nailed to the fascia under the shingles.Before installing gutters, draw a sketch of your house and also take measurements.
For installation, it is recommended to choose locations where it is easy to direct the water away from the house. Don’t choose locations with obstacles such as sidewalks, hose bibs or electric meters.
Choose inconspicuous locations as much as possible.For choosing the size of downspouts, choose 3 x 4″ oversized downspouts for gutters with large roof areas to drain. It is also recommended to choose a bigger size in case your area experiences torrential rains.
Gutters that are more than 40 feet long should be sloped down in both the directions and you should put a downspout on both ends.There are specially built roof hanger mounting straps available in the market. These should be used for houses that do not have any fascia boards or for non-vertical fascia.
2. Rain Gutters – Cutting and Joining
Joining sections on the ground is much easier as compared to working on the roof. Manufacturers typically recommend butting the parts together and using a seam cover to cover the joints but instead, you should lap together all the seams from 2 to 4 inches. Caulk the seams and use rivets to join them. Here in the picture, we have displayed the joining of a gutter section to one of the corners. This same process should be used for joining together sections but the only exception is that you need to overlap them at least 4 inches. The factory cut end on your gutter looks better and it is recommended to pre-plan leaving that end on the outside when you are planning to splice gutter sections. It is also recommended to lap the rain gutters and ensure that the inside section is facing downhill. It will prevent water from getting leaked out of the seams.
The gutter end should be cut to ensure that it extends around at least an inch over the fascia board and in order to catch water from the overhanging shingles. Don’t forget to attach an end cap with the help of rivets and use a gutter sealant to seal the joint from inside.
3. Outlets and Downspouts – Addition
Cutting down downspout tubes at each location.
The first step is to take measurements. Measure the distance from the center of the chosen downspout location to the corner of the house. Don’t forget to double-check for any obstructions. Take this measurement and use it to cut down a downspout outlet. This method of adding outlets takes longer as compared to using a gutter section with pre-installed outlets but this method gets rid of 2 seams and it also looks neater.
You have the option of using a duckbill tin snip for this cut but if you are a beginner, it will be much easier for you to use a special offset snip similar to what we are using (easily available from home centers and hardware stores).
4. Gutter Sections – Hanging
The only thing you need is a little slope.
The speed of water flowing through the gutters will depend depends on the size and number of downspouts. Sloping the gutters is essential to get rid of any standing water as it can lead to leakage through seams as well as corrosion. It is recommended to slope the house gutter around 1/4 inch for every 10 feet. For leveled fascia boards, you also have the option of using them as a reference for sloping the gutters. You can check the leveling by holding the level against the bottom edge of the fascia. If it isn’t level, keep adjusting the string line until you see a slight slope when it is leveled.
Use chalk to mark the top of the gutter. Keep screwing the gutter sections to the fascia after aligning it with the top edge that you drew with the chalk line.
5. Hangers and Flashing – Finishing
Use flashing for keeping your soffit and fascia safe from water damage.
When you’re replacing the gutters, it also gives you the opportunity to prevent water from running behind the gutters. It can be done with the installation of a metal gutter apron flashing. This flashing needs to be placed on the back edge of your gutter and under the shingles.
Ideally, it is recommended to slide the flashing under the ice and water barrier and the shingles. In case the ice and water barrier is glued to the sheathing and it’s not possible to slide the flashing under it or in case the edge of the roofing paper has too many staples and nails, then just slip it under the shingles. If the length of the flashing is too short and it doesn’t cover the gutter back edge, take an additional sheet-metal strip and slip it over the gutters and under the bent flashing.
Hidden Gutter Hangers – Installation
Installing the hidden gutter hangers is relatively simple when the gutters are screwed firmly to the fascia. It is recommended to install these hidden hangers at every 2 feet. It will provide adequate strength to the front edge as well as the gutters. These anchors are specially designed to remain hidden and easily slip over the gutter back edge. However, since the back edge has been already covered with flashing, just hold the level of the hanger and use screws to combine the gutter, flashing and hangers together.
It might be a bit tricky to get started with the large screws included with the hangers when you are driving them through flashing and steel gutters. In order to do it successfully, keep spinning the screws at high speed but don’t apply too much pressure until it bites a bit into the metal. Once it bites into the metal, put some pressure on the drill and just drive them into the fascia.
6. Downspouts – Installation
Using screws will make it easier to disassemble the downspouts for cleaning, as and when needed. Professionals typically use pre-painted ¼” hex head screws that have extremely sharp points. These are known as zippers for their ease of installation. You should be able to find these in the aluminum siding section of your local home center and another good source would be a gutter supplier.
The 32 tooth hacksaw blade can be used for cutting downspout tubing but we have also talked to some professionals who prefer using a standard 24 tooth carbide blade in a circular saw for the same. You also have the option of using a power miter box for cutting through downspouts and gutters.
When it comes to finishing, the last step is to hang the downspouts. You need to attach these downspouts to the wall by installing U-shaped brackets.
After the gutter installation job is completed, regular maintenance is the key to make them last really long.Make sure the gutters are cleaned at least twice each year. You also have the option of calling in a company specializing in cleaning and maintenance gutters. It will not only help in enhancing the gutter life but also get rid of problems such as plugged downspouts and backed-up gutters.
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How to Clean Gutters?
Cleaning house guttering does not rate high on the list of things that most of us want to do on a Saturday afternoon. Even a visit to the dentist may sound more fun. However, this task is necessary.
Erie Insurance knows well the problems caused by clogged guttering, including damage to roofing, foundation, siding, landscaping, and indoor areas. Angie’s List includes damage to the fascia boards that hold up the gutter system. Clean guttering will keep mosquitos away and keep indoor air mold-free.
Clean guttering will also prevent ice dams in the winter. Ice dams are ridges of ice that formulate at the edge of a roof. Whenever ice dams exist, melting snow cannot drain off the roof. Dammed up water at that location can leak into a home and cause damage to ceilings, walls, insulation, and to other places.
Water that comes from overflowing guttering and from rooftops beats the soil around a home’s foundation, deteriorating soil and grass. The soil next to the home becomes lower than the soil further out, causing water to flow toward the home.
Foundation erosion results from constant exposure to water that remains next to the base of a structure. Once the foundation is eroded, water can get into the walls. Damp walls create mold, damp air, and a flooded basement.
Clean guttering allows rooftop water to proceed to the downspout and away from the building’s foundation. But dirt and debris-filled guttering won’t let gutter water flow like it should. Guttering that is not clean will overflow and cause the same problems that having no guttering system would cause.
10 effective gutter cleaning tools :
- By hand
Take the bulk of the debris out by hand or by using a scoop or trowel. Flush the guttering and downspout with a garden hose. If the downspout appears to be clogged, clean it out with a power washer or a plumber’s snake. Then flush it out with a hose.
- With a garden hose
A garden hose is used as a follow-up after removing debris by another method. But sometimes there is so little debris you can get away with only using a garden hose. You’ll just need to remove residual material by hand afterwards before it dries.
If you want to clean out your guttering using your garden hose while standing on the ground, you can attach a rigid tube with a curved end to your hose. Start flushing at the end farthest from the downspout and move toward the downspout.
- With a leaf blower
A leaf blower that has a nozzle attachment is the perfect tool to clean guttering. You can use a special attachment to extend the blower’s reach if you are not comfortable climbing up a ladder.
You would need to start at the opposite end from the downspout and work toward it. The trick is to not blow leaves into the downspout. Then follow up with your garden hose, just as you would do with any other tool that you select for the job.
- With a wet/dry vacuum
Here’s one of the heavy-duty workers in the lineup that cleans impacted dirt from guttering. Unlike a power washer, this method isn’t messy.
You may need to obtain particular hoses and curved attachments from your local home improvement store that will enable you to work while standing on the ground.
The dirt will likely need to be moistened before the vacuum can pull it up. Use either a garden hose or power washer on the downspout when you’re done cleaning the guttering.
- With a power washer
A power washer is another heavy-duty tool. It’s a quick way to get rid of built-up dirt and debris in your guttering. The only problem with this method is the mess it makes.
Because of the mess, some people reserve using a power washer for cleaning the downspouts. In fact, a power washer is the very best way to clean out a clogged downspout. You just point the nozzle down the downspout’s hole and let the water run until the water flows freely.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU CLEAN OUT THE GUTTERS
While you are rinsing out the gutter with the garden hose, take note of any leaks that you will want to repair. Then repair them. Fix sagging metal by mounting a gutter hanger. Consider installing gutter guards on top of your guttering to prevent the accumulation of leaves and debris in the future. Clean your guttering at least once per year. Do it more often if located by tall trees, especially after storms.
Where to dump the debris? According to an article in the Star Telegram, you should not take a bucket with you to the top of the ladder because it may cause you to lose your balance. Use a large garbage can or bin below instead. Have a human helper move the trash can as you work and pick up debris. Make cleanup easier by laying out some tarp.
Gutter cleaning is one of the necessary evils that comes with home ownership. Failure to regularly clean gutters will cause damage to your home’s foundation and many other areas in your home. Damp foundations and basements harbor mold, mildew, and excessively damp air.
Debris can cause ice dams to form. Snow melts, causing trapped water. Eventually, water could damage the roof, ceilings, walls, insulation, and other things. You can prevent these various problems by keeping guttering clean.
You’ll want to wear proper clothing and safety gear to assure your safety while cleaning. Assess how bad the dirt and debris accumulation is so that you’ll know the kind of tool you’ll need to use to clean the gutters and downspouts.
You can use your hands, a tool such as a scoop or trowel, a garden hose, or a leaf blower for minor cleaning jobs. But you’ll want to use a wet/dry vac or a power washer to remove heavily impacted dirt. Realize that a power washer would create a mess.
Throw the debris into a strategically placed large trash can or bin below rather than taking a bucket with you. A tarp spread on the ground below it would catch what you miss.
Grafton homeowners know that storms can pose serious risks to your gutters. That being said, a gutter is also going to have wear and tear over time. That’s why it is very important to have timely maintenance performed on the gutter of your home. If your gutter is in need of repair, how much are you going to pay on average as a Grafton homeowner?
You might think that the costs are going to be higher because you live in a big city. Yet it really just depends because repair costs are of course going to be based on various factors discussed above. If you look at the national averages in 2018, you’re likely looking at a figure between $300 and $1100.
It is a rather wide range for average gutter repairs Grafton pricing and can be quite confusing when picking the right contractor. But we are here to help. Call us now at (484) 321-8257 and we will send a reliable and competent roofer your way.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
How do I know if my gutter needs “repair” or “replacement” ?
This is a very important question and the answer depends on many things.
Most likely, it can be repaired for less than the cost of a new gutter, but that doesn’t mean the repair scenario is the right choice. Often times it can be, but you really need to look closely at the situation to determine the best possible solution.
Taking a look at the national averages in terms of costs for repairing a gutter can help you see what to expect more clearly. Goof repairs aren’t cheap, but the cost of a new gutter isn’t cheap either. One of the things you need to determine before you do anything is how much longer you expect your current gutters to last.
If you’re going to pay a considerable amount of money to repair your gutters, only to replace it in the next couple of years, then maybe it’s time to replace it now. That’s one of the possibilities that you have, but it might or might not be the best solution. You’re going to have to do the math for your particular situation.
Seeking professional opinion from a reliable roofer is the best strategy.
Are your technicians certified and licensed ?
Yes we only send out certified and licensed technicians out to do client work. We recommend asking technicians to provide license before commencing any project in person to you.
Do you work with insurance?
Yes we maximise your insurance benefits for any job we initiate
Are there any hidden fees?
No hidden fees, everything is transparent from the onset
I received many estimates to replace my gutter system and the prices vary greatly? How do I choose my contractor?
If some estimates appear much lower than the others and sound too good to be true, it probably is. Some contractors bid much lower in order to get the contract but are mostly uninsured & perform low quality work. If an estimate is confusing, ask the contractor to break down the estimate into items/terms you can understand.