Installing gutters can be a great way to save money, but there are some important things to consider before you start. It's important to choose the right size gutter and make sure that the hangers are not separated from the gutter too far. Additionally, you should pay attention to the inclination of the rain gutters and make sure they are below the roofline. Before getting started with the installation process, it's essential to inspect the fascia and ceiling for any signs of rotting wood, which must be replaced.
Many homes have a roof molding or molding nailed to the fascia just below the shingles, which must be removed or have a continuous strip of wood added underneath. After this is done, it's important to prime and paint the bare wood before hanging the gutters. To ensure that the gutters drain properly, make sure that they are angled (½ inch per 10 feet) toward a downspout. For gutters longer than 40 feet, it's best to tilt the gutter downward from the center to a downspout at each end or tilt them downward from each end toward a single downspout placed in the center of the duct.
It's also important to make sure that the gutters extend beyond the roof tiles and not align with them. Water runs naturally through the shingles, down the edge of the shingles, and even underneath them. When gutter sections are installed directly in line with roof tiles, this can impair the natural flow of water and cause a drip at the end cap. When installing gutters, it's best to find an installer who will take the time to install them below the roof edge.
This is because some installers don't take the time to install gutters at the bottom of the roof edge, which can cause problems with water flow. Before installing new gutters, it's also a good time to paint the fascia and give your home a fresh look. Additionally, you should be aware that there are no national regulations on how to install rain gutters and you may not be able to meet all your rainwater management needs with a conventional gutter system.
Tips for Installing GuttersAs an expert in installing gutters, I recommend taking into account these tips before starting:
- Choose The Right Size Gutter: It's important to choose a gutter size that is appropriate for your home and its needs.
- Check The Fascia And Ceiling: Before installing gutters, inspect for any signs of rotting wood and replace if necessary.
- Tilt The Gutter Downward: To ensure proper drainage, make sure that your gutters are angled (½ inch per 10 feet) toward a downspout.
- Extend Beyond The Roof Tiles: Make sure that your gutters extend beyond your roof tiles and not align with them.
- Find A Professional Installer: Find an installer who will take the time to install your gutters below the roof edge.