Aluminum gutters are an essential outdoor component of any home, as they help direct runoff on rooftops. By doing so, they prevent leaks and dampness in roofs and walls. Aluminum gutters are slightly more expensive than vinyl or steel gutters but make up for it by being more durable and rust resistant. Several components go into making a good gutter system, and you should opt for a seamless gutter system for improved aesthetics as well as a good paint finish to protect the metal from the weather. Installing aluminum gutters is not very hard, and with the help of an instruction manual, it makes for an easy DIY project.
The Procedure for Installing Aluminum Gutters at home
Step 1: Preparation
Look at the exterior of your building and figure out how and where you want the water to cascade off and which area it should drain into. Next, use your measuring tape to determine the length of the roof from one edge to the other. By doing so, you will then know the number of sections you will require and the length of each. With this information, it is now also possible to know how many mounting brackets you will require to secure the gutters in place.
Step 2: More Measurements
Measure the length between the bottom of the roof and about 0.5 inches below the extreme edge. Do the same again, but this time, measure it from the roof edge to the periphery of the downspout. Mark both spots.
Step 3: The Slope
Since you know where you want the gutter and how exactly the water will flow, you should be able to determine the downward slope of the aluminum gutter as well. This distance should then be measured beginning from the initial mark that was made.
Step 4: Insert the Components and Sections
Starting from the first mark, etch out a chalk line to the second mark--this will make the rest of the steps easier. Next, assemble all the components and insert them into the system with the help of the power drill and the special screws. Then, use your ladder to attach the sections to the connectors with the brackets.
Step 5: Cut and Install
If the sections are too big for the gutter, trim them with the hacksaw, but if you think you can work around them, refrain from doing so. Once that is done, apply a small portion of the above-mentioned silicon caulk in the crevices between the various sections so that leakages can be prevented. An elbow should be affixed to the drop outlet before you start cutting the downspout. Once you are sure that it is clasped in firmly, mark a point at the base and secure the downspout onto it.
The last step is connecting the unit to the chosen spot.