Most people think that installing new gutters is an impossible task but in reality, with the right help and guidelines, this is something you could do. Gutters are an important factor of a home in that they provide siding and the foundation with protection. Since gutters are always exposed to the elements, they do become damaged. While some damages are easy to fix, others are so bad that new gutters need to be installed. Other times, homeowners simply replace outdated styles with new technology gutters.
If you are planning to replace your gutters, you will quickly discover that you have a wide selection from which to choose. Just keep in mind that the vinyl, snap-together type is by far the best. In addition to being maintenance free, these gutters will also fit into most budgets. Finally, unlike metal gutters that will dent, the vinyl type simply pops back out when dented. However, the best aspect of this type of gutter is that they are amazingly easy to install.
The first step is to create a map of your home prior to shopping for gutters. You will need to determine the length needed as well as the number of downspouts as well as their length. Typically, a homeowner will map the existing structure and pattern of the existing gutters and then choose downspout locations the same. You will also discover that gutters now come in a number of colors to match or coordinate with the color of your home.
Next, you will need to mark your gutter�s slope. If you find the gutter is less or equal to 35 feet, that means the high point is at one end, sloping down toward the downspout. In this case, the high point is one-inch from the top of the fascia, sloping one-quarter inch for every 10 feet. However, if the run were greater than 35-feet, then the high point would be in the middle of the run, sloping to the downspout on either side. With this scenario, the high point would still be one-inch from the top of the fascia, sloping one-quarter inch every 10 feet. What you need to do is measure one-inch from the top of the fascia on both ends, making sure to slope the gutters one-quarter inch per 10 feet, going toward the downspout in the middle. Using a chalk line, you will snap it to create your guide.
For your next step, you need to install the downspout outlets. This can be done by using a one and one-quarter, deck screw. The goal is to have the outlets set even with your chalk line to ensure the downspout attaches properly to the edge of the house. How you will need to attach the gutter hangers by fastening them to the fascia about every 24 inches. To do this, use one and one-quarter, deck screws, placing them approximately one-inch from the end of the roof. The reason is that the gutters will have better support on both ends. The gutter corners will now be attached, making sure you use the ones without a downspout and not at the end of the run.
For your next step, you will need to attach the cut gutters and end of gutter run. You can use a hacksaw to help them fit in snugly between the downspout outlet and the end of your roof. You want this to start at the middle of the downspout outlet, to the roof�s end. Once that is done, you will place the end cap, snapping the section securely into the downspout outlet. Then, the gutter will need to be hooked into the hangar. Now, the other sections will be cut so they can fit between the downspout outlets, again starting from the middle of the outlet.
Now to connect the gutter sections with the connectors, this can be done best on the ground. Simply snap the connectors onto the sections and remember if the run is less than 35-feet, the end cap will need to be attached without an outlet. For the next step of hanging the gutters, you need to get the help of a friend or two. The drainpipe will now be attached once the gutters are up. To do this, cut a piece of pipe again making sure it fits between the downspout elbow, going onto the outlet and the elbow of the downspout on the wall. The elbows will then be put onto the pipe, snapping it onto the outlet. To secure the other elbow to the wall of the home, you can use a drainpipe hanger.
Finally, you will need to install the drainpipe. To accomplish this, cut one more piece of drainpipe, again making it to fit between the elbow and wall, placing about one-foot above ground level. The drainpipe will then be snapped into the elbow�s top portion, attaching second elbow to the bottom section. With another drainpipe hanger, fasten it to the lower portion of the elbow. Then, as a way of funneling the water away from the home�s foundation, you want to cut a piece of pipe.