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- What is a Guttering System?
- Install Guttering – Required Tools & Materials
- How to Install Guttering in 6 Steps
- Gutters Replacement – When to Replace Gutters and Downspouts?
- Gutters Replacement – Replacing Gutters Pieces or the Whole System?
- Gutters Replacement – Things to Consider When Replacing Gutters?
- Gutters Replacement – Risks Involve?
- VIDEO – Install Aluminum Gutters
What is a Guttering System?A guttering system consists of gutters and downpipes. These components help to redirect rainwater falling on your roof and run it away safely to the ground into the drainage system.
Install Guttering – Required Tools & Materials
- A crimper
- A cordless drill
- Rivets and a rivet gun
- Gutter hangers
- Gutter silicone/ sealant
How to Install Guttering in 6 Steps
Step 1: Assembling Gutters
- Measure each side of the fascia and cut gutter to the lengths
- Overlap joins at least 100mm in the direction of water flows
- Use sealant glue to prevent leak and joining gutter pieces with rivets
Step 2: Attach the Gutter End
- Drill 2 holes into the bottom of the gutter and 1 or 2 on each side
- Use gutter silicone and rivets to secure the gutter end
Note: sometimes you get a gutter end type that you only need to glue it on with silicone and using a crimping tool to secure it.
Step 3: Assemble the Downspout
- It’s best to align downspout, downpipe with stormwater run away.
- Cut a hole to fit the downspout flange.
- Drill holes for rivets. Again, use gutter sealant and rivets to join the downspout with the gutter.
Step 4: Mitre PreparationOf course, you can buy already made gutter mitre. But if you want to make it yourself, follow Mark Crovelli, he’s done an excellent job.
Assemble an inside gutter miterOR
Assemble and Install an Outside Gutter Miter
Step 5: Hanging Gutter System
- Get a partner to help to lift gutter run
- Clip gutter hangers along the gutter run
- Secure gutter hangers to fascia board with a cordless drill
- Remember to lower the downspout part of the gutter to let rainwater flows easier
Step 6: Add Downpipes to Gutter
- Add a downpipe(s) to gutter
- You might need elbows to redirect water flow
- Connect downpipe(s) to the drainage system and you’re done.
Gutters Replacement – When to Replace Gutters and Downspouts?Sometimes, the signs are obvious. But, yeah, the following cases are when you really need to replace your gutter system
- Large holes & leaks
- Found rusty spots on gutters when you are cleaning or inspecting the gutter system
Gutters Replacement – Replacing Gutters Pieces or the Whole System?Most of the time, gutters are joined by pieces. But to replace/repair each piece also requires taking down the whole gutter run. So, you should consider replacing the whole gutter system if it’s more than 10 years.
Gutters Replacement – Things to Consider When Replacing Gutters?
Gutter AppearanceFew points to complement your house with the gutter system
- Choose the shape of the gutters can improve the look of your home
- Choose the right color either to blend in or colorize your home?
- Choose a higher quality material, your gutter certainly will last longer
- Most common gutter materials: steel and aluminum.
Gutters Replacement – Risks Involve?
- Working with ladders and at high positions are not meant for everyone
- Consider hiring professionals if you’re not comfortable performing the job.
- Improper installation could lead to system faulty (leaks, water pool…)
- Fixing gutter faulty might cost more than hiring professionals in the first place.