How to Fit Plastic Gutters

There are different varieties of gutters, such as the metal gutters, wooden gutters and plastic gutters. The plastic gutter has some advantages over the aluminum and wooden gutters. As these gutters are made of plastic they are less expensive compared to those made with metal. Due to their reduced weight, they can be easily carried on the ladder, unlike the other metal or wooden gutters which make it difficult for a person to carry on the ladder. As these gutters are made of plastic, there is less and easy maintenance compared to the metal gutters. The plastic gutters do not rust and there is no need for oiling or painting. The light weight of these gutters makes it easy for any home owner to fix his house gutters himself. The steps to fit plastic gutters are given below.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Tape measure
  • Compass
  • Plastic gutter connection pieces
  • Gutter hanging brackets
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood screws (1 1/2 inch)
  • Plastic gutter downspouts
  • Gutter sleeves
  • Marker
  • Chalk line
  • Jig saw
  • Drill
  • Silicone sealant

Step 1: Measuring and Buying

Before you proceed to buy the plastic gutters, you must first measure the eaves of the places where you want to fix the gutter in your house. Usually the roof needs the gutters to aid the dripping of rain water and snow. Measure the sides and edges and note down the lengths. Use a compass to measure the angles around the edges or corners where the gutters need to be wrapped. The guttering pipes come in different measurement. So it is very important that you carry the right measurements to the shop, before purchasing the plastic gutters.

Step 2: Coupling

Couple the two sides together at the corner of the roof eaves where you will fix the downspouts of the gutter (adjacent outward corner). But, if you do not want to fix the plastic gutters along the connecting sides, then coupling the sides at the corner of the roof eaves are not required. Start the installation from the corner or the ends where downspouts will not be placed. From the top of the eave, measure down ¼-inch and mark a line using a chalk.

Step 3: Installing the Brackets

Now begin the installation of the brackets from the outer end of eave where the plastic gutters will be hung, towards the place where the downspouts will be fixed. The first bracket should be installed at the top of the eave so that when it rains, it must drain off from the roof and directly fall into the gutters. Use the Drill to insert the 1 1/2 inch screws right into the end of the eaves to fix the brackets. Make sure you fix the brackets 4 feet apart from each other. Drop the brackets 1/4 inch down, for every 10 feet of the gutters to create a slope so that the water drains easily.

Step 4: Setting the Gutter Pieces into the Brackets

Insert the gutters into the brackets. Connect two gutter lengths using the connection pieces. Use the connection pieces to connect the angle and corner pieces as well. Until you cut out the holes for the downspouts, leave the outer corner pieces.

Step 5: Drilling

Drill two holes for the downspout. At the center of the outer corner pieces, set the gutter sleeves and mark the sleeves outline with a marker to help you to make the cuts. At the corners of the marking, drill holes and cut out the piece using a jig saw. From the top, slide the gutter sleeves in from the top and with the rest of the gutters, set the corner pieces in place.

Step 6: Installing the Downspout

Now connect each piece of the downspout to install completely the downspout pieces of guttering. Until you fix the final angled piece, slide the tapered ends of downspout pieces into the wider ends.