Poor weather conditions can cause a lot of damage to your k-style gutters. If you happen to live in a hurricane prone area, you may need to repair your gutters every now and then. Since it is impractical to hire a professional to do minor repairs on your k-style gutters, you should learn to do the repairs yourself. To help you repair your k-style gutters, here is what you need to do.
Step 1 – Check the Damage on Your Gutter
Before doing any repairs on your k-style gutter, you need to assess the damage on your gutter system first and note the areas which need repairs or replacement. Methodically search for damages beginning from the end of your roof where the downspout is located towards the other end of the roof. When checking your gutter system for damages, play close attention at the seams. Areas around the seams are notorious for leakage and sagging.
Step 2 – Remove Damaged K-style Gutters
To remove damaged aluminum gutters, loosen the screws that are holding the gutters in place. If you used adhesives and sealants at the seams of your gutter, scrap off the adhesives and sealants before lifting the gutter out. Some types of adhesives and sealants can be quite challenging to remove. To help soften the adhesive or sealant, use sealant or adhesive solution. Leave the sealant or adhesive removal solution on the gutter for at least an hour before you start scrapping the sealant or adhesive off.
Step 3 – Replace Rotten Wood behind the Gutters
Leaking gutters can cause wooden surfaces under it to rot and decay. If you find decayed or rotten wood under your old gutters, replace the wood before you install the new gutter. After replacing the wood, prime the new wood with waterproof primer then paint the wood to seal it off.
Step 4 – Check the Level of Your Roof
Certain factors including movements in the foundation of your home can alter the level of your roof so before installing the new k-style gutter, check the level of your roof. If your roof is not level, install your new gutters off the level line at around 1 to 2 inches below the drip line of your roof. You may also use mounting brackets to reinforce the sagging areas of your k-style gutters.
Step 5 – Install the New Gutter
Cut the exact length of gutter that you need to replace the old one. If you are using aluminum gutter, make sure that you wear think working gloves to avoid cutting yourself. Note that aluminum gutters can have very sharp edges and if you are not careful, you could injure yourself while cutting it.
After cutting the length of the gutter, install the gutter in its place. Secure the gutter by tightening the screws connecting it to the rest of the gutter system. To seal off the seams of your gutter, apply ample amount of sealants. Repeat the same procedure when replacing the rest of the damaged gutters.