How to Install Aluminum Gutters Part 2 How to Install Aluminum Gutters Part 2
Aluminum gutters are light, easy to assemble an effective in directing the flow of rainwater. They also are very durable, easy to paint and easy to is to install. Last, but not least, aluminum gutters can also help increase the value of your home. This simple how-to guide will show you how to install aluminum gutters on your home.
Step 1 – Measure for Installation
First of all, you'll need to know how many gutters you'll need for your home. Therefore, you should go around your house and measure all of the areas where the gutters will be installed. When considering locations for the gutters, make sure that they will lead into your home's central drainage system. Also, take into account chimneys or other roof line obstructions when making your measurements.
Step 2 – Measure Edges of Roof
When using a tape measure to measure the edges of your roof, consider how long the gutter sections will be. Generally speaking, gutters come in 8 to 10 foot sections; however, you should check with your local home improvement store to verify the length of the sections you will be installing. Also, you should give yourself an additional 10 percent allowance when ordering your gutter sections. This will allow for discrepancies in measurements, missed measurements or other problems that might arise.
Step 3 – Create Marking Lines
Begin at the edge of your roof that is farthest away from the downspout. Then, make a measurement that is about 1/2 inch downward from that point. Next, go to the downspout edge and create another measurement that is 1/2 inch from the roof edge. Ensure that the marking lines are level with each other. If they are not, adjust them accordingly—but, try not to adjust the starting mark points too much.
Step 4 - Consider the Slope
At this point, you'll need to determine the height of the slope of your roof in order to ensure an easy and constant flow of water to the downspout and drain. You will have to use this measurement for determining the distance between your first marking line and the downspout edge. Once you have calculated the slope, use your chalk line to make a straight line. This line will be your guide when you hang your gutters.
Step 5 – Hang the Gutters
Pre-drill holes in the screw locations for your gutters. Once you have the holes predrilled, have someone help you carry the gutters up on a ladder to the location where they will be installed. Carefully align the gutters with the chalk lines that you made earlier, and get someone to hold the gutters for you while you screw them in place. If you have a excess gutter length, you can use a hacksaw to quickly cut the gutter to the length you need. Finally, use the caulk to seal the edges on your gutters to prevent leaking. Repeat the process for the other gutter sections.