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How to install new gutters on your roof

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Installing gutters on your roof is a great way to add a sleek-looking appeal to your house. Moreover installing a gutter onto your roof keeps water from flowing down your roof. If you want to learn how to install new gutters, here are some tips you can follow.

Evaluate your project

If you don’t know how to install new gutters on your roof, calling the professionals will help you avoid the pitfalls. But if you are very determined to do it on your own, it is important that you evaluate your project. You also need to inspect your roof and consider some factors. How big is your roof? Do you think you can do it alone? How big do you think your gutter should be?

 

Check the fascia

Also check the fascia. A lot of houses have a trim board nailed to the fascia. Before you can place a gutter, you need to remove this or add a continuous strip of wood under it to create a flat plane. The flat plane will serve as a base for your gutter so it is easier to attach it. In any case, it is important that you paint the base with a primer.

 

Cut the gutter

When you are ready, it is time to cut the gutter. When cutting, you need to cut from the front to the back side using tin snips. Then bend the gutter and cut the bottom. As a tip, it is best that you pre-assemble the gutter before you attach them to your roof. You can join the section on the ground so all you have to do is attach them when you are on the roof. This way, you don’t have to work from the top of a ladder which is more difficult.

 

Add downspout and outlet

Create a hole on the gutter which will serve as the way for the rain. Do not place the downspout on the center. The best thing to do is measure a half-meter from the corner of your house to the location of the downspout. You can place it on the corner where it is almost invisible where the rain can go directly to the drainage system.

Finish the gutter with flashing and hanger

Finally you can mount the gutter on the roof. Simply slide the gutter flashing under the shingles and secure it with an umbrella nail. If you don’t have an umbrella nail, you can ask the hardware store for your options. Do not use ordinary nails for the roof.

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