Adding a Gutter to a Butterfly Roof

What You'll Need
Power drill

When it comes time to adding on a gutter to your butterfly roof, you will find that you have a few choices to make. The beauty of using a butterfly roof is that the natural contour to the roof allows for rain to simply run off the roof and down the sides of the house. In some cases though, you are going to have to add on additional gutters to help control the flow of the water.  With the addition of the gutters, you now have ultimate control over where the water drains to and what portions of the house will get the most runoff. 

Step 1 – Get Everything Together

It is always important to begin by gathering all the materials and tools that you are going to need for the project. This will help you in the long run by cutting down on the amount of time that is required to get the job done.

Step 2 – Lay out Your Gutters

Before you do anything else, you need to be sure that you take the proper measurements in order to calculate the proper amount of gutters needed. When you buy your gutters you can buy them in different densities. As far as what the correct choice to make is, remains up to you. The more expensive the pieces are, the stronger and longer the gutters are going to last. Of course, you can also buy the cheaper kind and make an effort to maintain them and keep them in good working condition. When you are about to begin your project, lay out your gutters in roughly the same spots that you want to attach them to your rooftop.

Step 3 – Secure the Gutters

This step works better if you have someone else helping you since safety is a major concern while standing on a ladder or roof. You will need someone who can be there to hand you your tools, help you hold the gutters in place, and hold the ladder so that you don’t fall. Have your assistant help you hold the gutters while you begin to drill the gutters into place. You only need to drill them half way through at first, and then you will go back and secure them more tightly.

Step 4 – Tighten all the Screws

After all gutters are partially drilled in, you can now go back with your power drill and tighten all of the screws into the roofing. Be sure that you have lined the gutters up as closely to the edge and at the same angle as the rooftop to ensure that you are going to have proper water flow down the slope of the roof. The length of gutter you will require and the location of your corner pieces will be dependent on where you want the water to run.

Step 5 – Add in the Braces

The gutters will come with additional metal bands that you will use to secure one piece of gutter to the next. It is important to make sure that these are fastened on securely to prevent any leaks from occurring.