Gutter installation for your home
You’re considering a gutter installation for your home, and while it isn’t the most expensive thing you can have done to your home, it isn’t cheap either. So, you’re wondering, “Can I install gutters myself?”, and the answer is yes. A gutter installation kit will come with gutter installation instructions and there are lots of YouTube videos that can walk you through the process too.
However, there are some fine points to a good gutter installation that you’ll want to pay attention to, which is where the YouTube videos come in handy. Most of those are by other homeowners that have done a gutter installation and learned a few caveats and tricks that the manufacturer doesn’t share.
The first thing you’ll want to know is how do you attach gutters?
The intended purpose of rain gutters and downspouts is to divert rainwater away from your home’s foundation. This maintain the integrity of the foundation, prevents soil erosion, basement leaks, damage to siding, and keeps your landscaping in place.
As we mentioned, you’ll have the manufacturer’s gutter installation instructions and the videos online to help you with this DIY project. Here, we offer you a few basics steps of what to expect:
- After you have your measurements and double, even triple checked them, you’ll need to use a hacksaw to cut the gutters to right size.
- Attach the fascia brackets to the rafter tails and mount the gutters to those brackets.
- With machine screws, secure the gutters to the fascia brackets then attach the gutters to the fascia board.
When planning your gutter installation, the need to be positioned so they extend past the roof eaves so they can collect rain runoff all along the roof edge. If the roof on your home doesn’t slope all the way around, you may not need to gutter installation on all sides. A roof is already designed with water runoff in mind but adding gutter installation at the bottom of a slope can aid in getting that water away from the foundation.
Do you install gutters under drip edge?
Experts recommend that a gutter installation with drip edge for the gutter run to be behind or the underside the roof drip edge. When gutters are installed below that drip edge, water will leak behind the gutters. This causes two problems:
1). The fascia board gets rotted.
2). The water isn’t running into the downspout and away from the foundation.
So, you end up with rotted fascia board and saturated foundation with soil erosion. If a contractor tells you they always do gutter installation with the gutter below the roof drip edge, find another contractor.
How do you seal a gutter joint?
As your gutter installation ages, the gutter will often begin to sag, leak, and come loose from the fascia board. If these problems aren’t addressed, it can cause a lot of damage to the exterior of your home, the foundation, and the windows. Before you make the repairs, you want to find what caused the leak. If the gutter installation is recent, it could be a poor job like they installed them under the drip edge instead of behind it.
When the gutter installation was a few years ago, it is likely a faulty joint between gutter sections or there may be a rusted hole. These are easy fixes that any homeowner with basic DIY skills can do in just a few steps:
Clean and Prepare the Area Leaking
- Using a wire brush and clear water, clean around the area leaking.
- Once it has dried, with an abrasive pad scrub the area to rough it up a little. This will hep the roofing cement adhere.
Apply the Plastic Roofing Cement
- For small holes apply the plastic roofing cement over the holes directly, filling them completely.
- For holes larger than a nail hole, cut a piece of metal flashing a little bigger than the hole.
- Apply the roofing cement around and over the hole then fit the metal flashing over the hole.
- Embed the flashing into the roofing cement, making sure there aren’t any gaps.
- Make sure there are no gaps without roofing cement.
- For all the holes you patch, feather the roofing cement out into the surrounding area and flatten the steep edges so water can flow.
Check the Downspout
While you’re repairing the gutter installation runs, now is good time to inspect and repair the downspouts if needed. Gravity isn’t a friend of downspouts either and the joints can open or the downspouts get jostled and come loose.
- Remove the screws and any connecting hardware.
- Disassemble the downspout that is broke or leaking.
- Clean the joints, replace the gaskets, and apply the silicone.
- Reassemble and reinstall.
Why does water leak behind my gutters?
As we have mentioned already, water dripping behind a recent gutter installation is probably because it was poorly installed and doesn’t have flashing over the backside of the gutter. This can be remedied by purchasing a 10 foot section of gutter apron from your local home improvement store.
You’ll need to temporarily remove the hangers or notch out the apron around the hangers. Once you have the apron in place, using sheet metal screws, fasten it and if a drip edge is installed where the fascia and shingles meet, you can take roll flashing and tuck it under the drip edge and over the gutter top.
So, maybe you aren’t a DIY homeowner, not a big deal, but who would you call to do your gutter installation? Do roofers install gutters? Yes, if you’re getting a new roof, it is common that the roofing contractor can install your gutters at the same time. However, if you’re just needing gutters, you want to call a gutter specialty company that offers gutter installation and repair. Call 706-301-8630 today for your gutter installation in Jasper and Canton, GA.