Installing Galvanized Gutters

What You'll Need
Galvanized Guttering
End caps
Chalk Plumb Line
Tape Measure
Hack Saw
Hole Saw
Soldering Iron
Safety Glasses

If you are replacing old iron or plastic guttering with galvanized gutters, you are effectively choosing a long-term solution to a number of drainage issue. Effective guttering systems help direct rainwater away from your roof to a down-pipe where it eventually drains away at ground level without affecting the foundations of your home. Galvanized gutters are strong and durable, removing many concerns regarding rust and erosion.

Step 1 – Preparing the Guttering

Measure the length of the eaves to find the total linear footage required for your galvanized guttering. When taking measurements, don’t forget to add two inches for every 10 feet measured to allow for coupling. You will also need to take accurate measurements for the down-pipes. Down-pipes will normally be found toward the corner of a building. Once measurements have been taken, cut the appropriate-sized pieces from your galvanized guttering lengths using the hacksaw if they can't be purchased in the correct size.

Step 2 – Installing the Brackets

Before you install your galvanized guttering, you will need to situate the brackets securely. Mark a chalk line on trim under the shingles. The guttering must have a downward pitch of one inch for every sixteen feet. Always follow the recommended guidelines for installing and mounting the brackets. They should be either nailed or screwed to the trim board, making sure they are fitted as near to the chalk line as possible.

Step 3 –Down-pipes and Couplings

Now that your brackets are installed, check to see whether you need to couple your gutter pieces. It may also be necessary to add elbow joints depending on the style of the building and where you intend to place the guttering.

Use the hacksaw to cut the galvanized guttering to the lengths you require and use the soldering iron to solder the joints. Take care to not leave any gaps as water will inevitably find a way through any tiny holes you leave. Next, take the down-pipe as a marker guide and use it to trace a hole in the gutter where the down-pipe will eventually feed into. This can be cut away using a hole saw and jigsaw.

Step 4 – Installing the Guttering Pieces

Clip each gutter piece into the secured brackets until you have completed sections. It is advisable to mark sections immediately after cutting so that you know where each piece will fit. Not every building will allow for exactly the similar lengths of guttering throughout an installation.

Step 5 - Fitting the Down-pipes

The down-pipe brackets should be fitted to the side of the house. Clip appropriate sized down-pipe pieces together and attach them to the brackets. Line up the down-pipe opening with the guttering hole you cut earlier and couple together. You can now attach an elbow piece at the end of the downspout to help direct drainage.

Step 6 – Final Checks

Once you have finished installing your galvanized guttering, make final checks on all joints and brackets. Make sure that all brackets have been secured and that the guttering does not leak. You can test your guttering by running a hose up to the roof and letting water flush through the system. This will exhibit any flaws in the installation and you can fix them immediately.