How to Remove Gutter Flashing

What You'll Need
Tin snips
Pry bar

Gutter flashing is a very helpful addition to anyone’s house. It helps to protect the house from water build up and keeps the inside components from getting soaked. As an important part of the roofing system it also basically directs the water far from the foundation of the house. However, as useful as gutter flashings are, there are instances wherein they have to be removed and replaced. Gutter flashings that are old, broken and damaged will not be able to efficiently drain water. This is why homeowners and tenants need to replace their gutter flashings.

Step 1: Reach the Appropriate Level

Use a ladder to reach the level of the gutter flashings. A suitable height is a few levels below the downspouts and the gutter. The waist should be even to the ladder’s top rung. This position ensures the gutter can be easily reached. In order to find the rafters located under or before the fascia board, the roof’s area where the fascia is nailed should be marked. Chalk is normally used to mark this part. Using chalk is convenient because it can easily be removed using water or it can simply wash away when the rain pours.

Step 2: Remove the Downspout Supports

Using tin snips, the downspout supports should be cut down. The downspout should be detached from the gutter. In order to separate the gutter from the downspout, the metal screws attaching the downspout should be removed. These metal screws are usually located on the top of the downspout. The downspout will eventually fall once it has been unscrewed.

Step 3: Remove the Screws

In order to fully remove the gutter flashing, all metal screw should be unscrewed. To do this, the ladder should be moved from one end of the gutter to another. Every sheet metal screws securing the gutter flashing should be removed. Do the exact same thing for all corners of the gutter. This will separate the components of the gutter flashing.

Step 4: Begin Removal

Begin the removal from the end and then find the long nails that hold the fascia board to the face of the gutter. Nails connecting all parts should be removed except for the one attaching the ends of each material. Most nails are separated 2 feet from each other. The nails can be removed using a claw hammer or a pry bar. Remove each nail one by one until the end of the gutter is reached.

Step 5: Complete Removal

By the time all nails are removed, the remaining one will be the nail attaching the gutter to the board. When the last nail is removed, the gutter flashing can then be removed from its place. It is best to work with an assistant since removing the nails and handling the detached gutter part is hard to do. An assistant can help hold the detached part to prevent any accidents. It makes sure that the house is not damaged.