How to Install Seamless Rain Gutters

gutters against a green roof
  • 8-40 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 400-1,600
What You'll Need
Seamless gutters
Measuring tape
Nail drill
A pair of helping hands

Seamless rain gutters are a popular choice among homeowners and are found on many American homes. The difference between seamless gutters and non-seamless ones is that the sections of a seamless one are longer, which means that the gutters have few or no joints. That does not mean the gutter has no joints. It is just that the joints are not visible to the eye.

The purpose of the gutter system is to collect direct rain flowing on the roof to the ground. This will prevent the exterior of the house from suffering from water damage, and occupants of the house can walk in and out of the house safely. Installation of the rain gutters requires a lot of materials and requires a helping hand. Installation of the gutter is also similar to installing a normal rain gutter. Here is how to do it.

1. Plan the Layout Lines

The first thing is to mark the outline of the rain gutter on the house. Using a ladder and a long measuring tape, measure the length of the rain gutter required. If possible, use the old rain gutter as a measurement or use the already attached fascia to measure. If this is not possible, measure and mark out the outline on the roof using chalk 10 feet by 10 feet. Ask a friend to hold one end of the measuring tape. Remember that for every 10 feet, the slope should be at least ½ inch. Stretch out the measuring tape, making the tape as horizontal as possible. When the tape stretches out to 10 feet, ask the friend to mark ¼ inches below the measuring tape.

2. Installing the Fascia

If you are just replacing an old gutter, then the fascia should still be attached to them. If that is the case, inspect every fascia to make sure it is still tightly attached to the roof and replace any faulty ones. When installing new fascia, the ideal distance between each of them is 6 inches from the end of the gutters and 18 to 24 inches between each of them. Mark out the position of the fascia with chalk first. Drill holes at each fascia position. Make sure that the hole is at least ½ inches deep. Proceed to attach fascias to the roof.

3. Installing the Gutters

There are many different colors for gutters. Use the color that best fits the house, though using a white one has the advantage of making damage inspection easier. Using a hacksaw or other powered equipment, cut the gutters to the appropriate length. Because the gutter is seamless, the gutter itself is going to be very long. You definitely need a lot of helping hands to carry the gutters. When installing the gutters, ensure that the gutter is a good fit. Attach down caps at ends of the gutters that do not require the installation of a downspout. Test that the water direction is correct by pouring a large volume of water into the rain gutter.