Installing Gutter Guard

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Old 09-24-12, 07:08 PM
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Installing Gutter Guard

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I'm trying to install simple plastic/screened gutter leaf guards that attach to the gutter and have long flat ends that sit under the first row of shingles, but I've run into a problem: I can't get first shingles to peal up. When I try to lift the shingle, the dab of tar or whatever it is does not release and I either end up tearing the shingle or the surface (not sure what material it is) under the shingle.

What is my best option for moving forward? Do I need to use a heat gun or torch to try and heat the tar and make it more pliable? I didn't realize this was going to be such a project!

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Try putting it under the starter shingle that the first shingle has been glued to.
 
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Picture for clarity. So you would go under that black surface that is bent down into the gutter?
 
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Old 09-24-12, 08:59 PM
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Ahh, they used ice and water shield. A picture IS worth 1000 words! LOL

In that case, you can't go under the ice and water shield. If you want to install your gutter guards, I'd suggest you get yourself one of those thin handheld hacksaw blade saws, and try and gently saw through any tar holding the shingle down to avoid damaging the shingle any more than you have to.

Keep in mind that by cutting those tabs loose and installing your gutter guards, you may be solving one problem and creating another. in high winds those unsealed tabs may eventually blow up and break off.

Not that it matters at this point, but the ice and water shield is supposed to be adhered directly to the roof sheathing, not over the drip edge. They also should not have omitted the starter course of shingles that would be visible between the 3 tabs on your first row.
 
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Could the tabs be resealed to the gutter guards after installed?

Anything roofing is new to me - I don't even know what an ice and water shield is, or what the installation errors you mentioned are...

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It certainly wouldn't hurt.
 
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Based on what you see in the photos, do you have any other recommendations for protection from leaves and twigs?
 
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They do make rolls of gutter guard that might work for you. Or there are some aluminum ones with holes that screw to the top front edge of the gutter like a lid. I don't think they go under the shingles too far.

You could probably go to google images and search for gutter guards and get a better idea of what various kinds look like.
 
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I suggest you get help and advice from the experts! This can be very messy and dangerous. Installing gutter guards are tricky and if not done properly and with the use of ordinary materials, it may be very hazardous and unsafe. You might want to try Gutter Knight from Brisbane, they offer high class quality work and products at an affordable price, I'd rather go for quality work than cheap but ineffective work. Hope that helps.
 
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