How to Measure for New Gutters

What You'll Need
Tape measure

Getting new gutters can make you feel relived, yet measuring for them can be annoying. However, the good news is that it is easy to do and not very tough to get a precise measurement. It does not require a special set of skills or tools, just the most basics of math and some DIY knowledge. Here is a quick to the point tutorial to show you how to measure for new gutters and how to get started.


Remember to be careful when standing on a ladder and do not tip on any side of it. Also, do not place anything to heavy on it, as that can cause it to tip over. In addition, always have someone home with you when you use a ladder, in case of an accident.

Step One: Move Ladder in Place

First step is to move your ladder into place and make sure that it is clear all around them. Try to avoid tress and power lines. Do not place anything heavy on it and slowly climb up on it. Do not move fast on it and keep someone below it to hold it steady in place. This will prevent you from falling or keeping the ladder from slipping.

Step 2: Measure

Using the tape measure, go all the way around the house and write down the sizes that you will need. Remember to move the ladder as you go along the house, that way you do not fall off the ladder when you are on it.

Step 3: Figure Out How Many Gutters You will Need

Next figure out how many gutters you will need for the total count. Then figure out which ones you will need to cut, so that you can plan to buy a few longer ones if needed. Make note also if you will need to buy more brackets or clips, if your current ones are damaged.

Step 4: Draw Your House

Drawing a diagram of your house is a good idea, that way you can mark off the areas where you will have your brackets or clips to hold the gutters in place. This should be easy to do and give you an idea on what will need to be done before hand. So make sure that you draw one and mark off the areas with the brackets. You can also mark off the area of which gutter measurements will need to be placed on which side of the building. This can save you from having to go back and measure them again if you forgot or you just want to double check.


These four things that you can do to make measuring for new gutters that much more easier for you in the long run. Not only will they allow you to save you time, but they allow you to get prepared all the way for them. Of course, some cities may require permits before you can begin doing this so always check with local government for more info on that. Other than that, you should be ready to go and buy the gutters to install.