Gutter Replacement in Seven Steps
While a roof gutter replacement is typically handled by a professional installer, you can do it yourself with a few pointers. Replacing the gutters is necessary to protect the ground around your home after a rainfall. This project can be accomplished in weekend’s time and should be done during a time when there is no rain in the forecast.
Below is a list of the tools, materials and steps needed in order to replace the gutters to your home.
Step 1: Create a Chalk Line for the Installation
You will need a chalk line that runs along the roof. Start at the end opposite the downspout and make a mark from the drip edge of the roof. Snap the chalk line. This will indicate where the gutter should be attached to the roof.
Step 2: Install the Brackets
Remove the brackets from the gutter hardware set. There should be holes along the fascia of the gutter to indicate where the brackets need to be attached. You will need to drill pilot holes in the markings where the existing gutter used to hang. Attach the brackets with using stainless lag screws that will not rust. The screws should be long enough to attach the brackets properly.
Step 3: Cut the Gutter to Fit the Roof
Use the power miter saw to cut the gutters to fit to the roof. Use the appropriate tipped-saw blade to make a clean cut in the gutters. Cut the gutters to fit based on the measurements that you took for the fittings.
Step 4: Install the Downspouts
You will need to mark and cut the holes to install the downspout. There should be an outlet at the bottom of the gutter to where the hole should be marked. Use a chalk line and make a mark from the inside of drain outlet. Cut the hole for the downspout using a hole saw. Once the hole has been cut, install the downspout to the side of the house.
Step 5: Install the Gutters
Install the gutter by placing it into the brackets attached to the fascia of the house. If you have not already done so, drill additional holes into the bracket holders in order to secure the gutters to the house.
Step 6: Wrap the Edges of the Gutter
For the corners of the gutter you will need the strip miter to make cuts to cover the breaks that occur around the corners. Rivet the strip pieces that you cut into place to seal the corners to prevent any leaking from occurring.
Step 7: Fasten the Downspout
With the gutters properly installed, attach the brackets to the downspout and secure. This will complete the installation of the replacement gutter to your home and allow for the proper drainage to take place.