One of the most important elements to any home or structure is the gutter system. The gutter system is crucial in allowing rain and other elements of precipitation to properly run off the roof and drain away from the home and foundation. In order for them to function and do their jobs properly, gutters should also be cleaned frequently (at least twice per year) from leaves and other debris to allow the water to drain and go where it needs to.
If your home currently does not have a gutter system, or maybe needs an upgrade, here are some easy, do-it-yourself tips on how to install a gutter system.
Measure Your Home
First, every home construction project or upgrade needs a plan. Evaluate your home to determine where repairs are needed, estimate how many materials are needed, and then formulate a plan and budget based on this data. You can even draw a sketch of your home and take measurements prior to purchasing and allocating materials. It’s also a good idea to take inventory of the current tools you have in case new ones are needed.
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Find Your Materials
So when you get to the store, where do you start? It’s a good idea to determine what kind of gutter system you would like to install or upgrade to. There are many different types of gutters available, depending on your home and the climate in which you live. Most lumber or hardware stores that sell gutter systems offer seamless gutters sections in ten-foot lengths. Most downspouts and other accessories are also sold along with the gutter sections. So it really is one-stop shopping. You will also need a good sealant for fastening the gutter sections together in a “seamless” manner.
Measure and Cut Gutters
Then, once you have your materials, tools, and everything you need, it’s time to start cutting and putting up your gutter sections! It’s important to cut the sections by bending the gutter slightly and cutting the bottom with a good pair of tin snips. Be sure to cut all the sections you need and begin overlapping the gutter pieces by four inches. Use a caulking or sealant to fasten the two pieces together. Be sure to also leave the side that you have cut on the outside, that way the nice edges will show. Remember that the inside gutter section should face downwards, so the water will run properly off as it is designed.
All in all, it is fairly easy to install seamless gutters, once you have formulated a plan and assessed your inventory for tools and materials. However, installing seamless gutters can also be a big job! Don’t hesitate to contact your local seamless gutters for advice or help with installing or updating a new gutter system.
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