Vinyl siding is an inexpensive and durable home siding option that has been popular for many years. One of the accessories that needs regular maintenance and occasional replacement are gutters. Although this is a project that usually can be completed in an afternoon or over a weekend, you will need help to install the gutter lengths in place.
When hanging gutters or any other vinyl siding materials remember that vinyl is a material that expands and contracts with changes in temperature. As a result, it is necessary to leave a 1/32-inch gap between the side of the building and what you are attaching to the house. You do not need to measure each connection, but should periodically check to make sure that the accessories are able to freely slide back and forth.
At the furthest distance from the downspout, measure ½ inch down from the eaves of the house and mark this point. At the downspout, measure down ½ inch, plus 1/8 inch for every 10 feet from the starting mark. Snap a chalk line between these two points along the side of the house.
Set out the gutter lines on the ground next to the area along the house where you will be installing them. Snap together the length of gutter as much as possible. Place hanging hooks approximately every 2 feet along the length of gutter.
With help from an assistant, hold the gutter in place. Start either at a corner of the house or in the center of the length of gutter, screw the hanging hooks into the chalk line you snapped along the side of the house. Remember to keep a gap of approximately 1/32 inch between the hooks and the wall to allow for contraction and expansion of the vinyl with changes in the weather temperature. Occasionally, check as you are connecting the hooks to make sure that you are allowing enough space so that the gutters are able to easily slide back and forth.
Attach the drop outlet to the final section of gutter. Carefully measure the distance to the end of the eaves. Cut a small piece of gutter to this length and attach it to the drop outlet. Hang the drop outlet.
Join the sections with manufacturer provided connectors or expanders.
Assemble and add any necessary elbows to connect to diversion gutters or the downspout.
Cut a piece of downspout that is the length from the lower elbow to 6 to 8 inches above the ground.
Attach the downspout by screwing in a downspout hanger to the house approximately 3 to 4 inches above the end of the downspout. Attach the downspout to the hanger and the gutter. Add a small elbow and length of downspout to direct water away from the side of the house.
Run water from a garden hose through the gutters to test for leaks and water flow.