How to Support an Eaves Trough
Proper support for your eaves trough makes diverting rainwater a cinch. Eaves troughs or gutters are often under appreciated and overlooked. Good installation and maintenance for your gutters can save you tens of thousands of dollars in roofing and siding repairs. Diverting the rainwater off your roof can also solve flooding issues to your basement and crawlspace. Last but not least, a good eaves trough will keep the rain off your head while walking in the front door.
Step 1 - Supporting Your Eaves Troughs
Many manufacturers provide their own eaves trough supports, and it is highly recommended you use the same components. This can save you a lot of time and headaches down the road because proprietary gutter hanging systems are designed to work with only their product line. Following the manufacturer's instructions and using their hangers will help ensure a long-lasting, proper working gutter. It's easy to forget, when it's not raining, that a lot of water can hit these gutters at one time exerting quite a bit of of force. Leaves, limbs and debris that fill up your gutters not only stop the water from flowing but add a considerable amount of weight. This makes it even more important to support your gutters properly and to clean them regularly.
Step 2 - Installing Gutter Supports.
Once you've decided on the type of gutter support, you will use assemble the proper tools. When choosing screws or nails go with galvanized, aluminum or stainless steel because these will last much longer. For new gutter installation and determine the pitch. A recommended drop should be ¼ inch to every 10 feet. For extremely long runs make the highest point in the center and run your pitch to either end and a down spout. Install eaves trough supports every 18 to 24 inches. Place straps and gutter supports over roof rafters for extra support. Pre-drill holes for spike and ferrule using a drill extension. Install fascia brackets into solid wood, being careful not to damage any flashing or roofing. Make sure your downspouts are attached securely every 8 feet.
Step 3 - Drainage
The most important aspect of the eaves troughs is to make sure they have the right slope to move water away from your home and foundation. Checking the drainage is the ultimate test of a good gutter. Once you have installed your gutters and supports you'll want to make sure that they slope enough and can handle the amount of water coming off of your roof. Look for any water splashing out of the gutters or skipping over the top during the next big rain. Check the area below the downspout. You can use your garden hose to immediately check the you pitch and for leaks around joints.
Diverting water that comes off your roof away from your house and foundation is one of the most important functions your roof has. Damage caused by gutters that are clogged or improperly sloped can literally flood you out or cause rot that will make your house fall down. Even small gutter leaks can be deadly as they encourage insect infestation like termites and carpenter ants. With proper eaves troughs support you can rest easy knowing that you're safe and dry for years to come.