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What Are the Best Tips for Installing DIY Gutters?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

While plenty of gutter installation companies are available, a homeowner can save money by installing DIY gutters that are the same high quality. Before beginning such a project, however, the homeowner will need to do some research to figure out which materials are required for the projects, as well as what tools will be needed. DIY gutters must be made from durable, water-resistant materials; in regions of the world that receive significant snowfall or ice, heavier-duty gutters may be necessary, as well as more gutter hangers.

Regions of the world that experience four distinct seasons will require homes with gutters that take expansion into account. The DIY gutters themselves will need to feature expansion joints that will allow for movement as the temperature fluctuates. These joints should be installed in various locations along the gutter track, especially along very long sections of gutters. This will prevent buckling in the gutter system as well as damage to the roof where the gutters are secured. Splash guards may also be necessary in certain locations along the gutter track to prevent water from splashing off the roof and over the gutters. Wire mesh should be installed over DIY gutters as well to allow water to flow through while keeping leaves and other debris out of the gutters.

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When installing DIY gutters, it is important to have a plan. Downspouts, or pipes that allow the water to drain from the horizontal gutters, should be located strategically along the length of the gutters. These downspouts are usually placed in corners or at the ends of the gutter rails, and they will run vertically down to the ground where a concrete block or other runoff surface will need to be installed permanently to prevent the runoff water from eroding the soil. If no downspout is built into an end of the gutter rail, an end cap will need to be installed to prevent water from running off the gutter.

Make sure to buy the appropriate amount of materials. The builder will need to measure the length of the home's roof edge to determine how much gutter material will be required. Downspouts will need to be planned for as well, and the appropriate amount of joints and hangers will need to be purchased to ensure the gutter system is properly supported and connected throughout. It is a good idea to check for rot on the roof or side of the house while making such measurements. Rot and damage will need to be addressed before the new gutters can be installed.

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