Are these gutters installed correctly

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Old 03-30-13, 01:43 PM
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Are these gutters installed correctly

We had new gutters installed last fall. We noticed today in one spot a bit of water coming out of the soffit. When I look at the gutter I saw that the brackets for the gutters were mostly screwed in through the drop edge. I would have assumed they should have been screwed in underneath the drop edge. I've attached an image showing exactly what I mean.

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Old 03-30-13, 02:04 PM
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Welcome to the forums! The brackets used are minimal support, and, yes the screws should extend into the fascia and subfascia and not only be attached to the drip edge. These hangers would have been much better to use. Amerimax Home Products 5 in. Hidden Hanger with Screw-21812 at The Home Depot
 
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Thank you. I saw the hangars you mention on This Old House today in my search today.

The screws on our house look to be 1 1/4" and they do go through the drip edge, facia, and into the 2x10 behind it. My worry is that they go through the drip edge instead of start below it or behind it. The brackets you should would in theory be easy to install without putting a hole in the drip edge.

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Old 03-30-13, 06:19 PM
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The screws and brackets look fine to me... not saying there aren't better ones out there, but yours aren't WRONG per se. If you have water coming out of the soffit, it could be that water is getting behind the gutter (gutter not pushed high enough under drip edge) or it could be improperly lapped starter strip and shingles (2 joints lining up within close proximity of one another) or I have also seen water follow the lap joint back between 2 overlapping pieces of drip edge, due to capillary action. There isn't anything necessarily wrong with the gutter, is what I'm getting at.

In the winter, an ice dam on the roof will commonly cause water to leak out of the soffits, which also has nothing to do with the gutters.
 
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Thank you XSleeper. I'll check the lap joint of the drip edge and take a closer look at the shingles as well. There is one right near where the leak is occurring.

No ice damn near any edge of the roof, so I can safely rule that out... for now.
 
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Did you see Ask This Old House today? If so then you already know your gutter is mounted so high that roof ice can pry it off the fascia. It should be a couple inches lower.
 
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In the area where the leak is, try peaking up under the shingles to see if the roof decking shows any sign of being wet. It could be a shingle install problem causing the water to get under the drip edge then behind the facia and showing in the soffit.
 
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