Installing Guttering: The Ultimate How-to Guide

Gutters protect your home’s foundation by preventing erosion and protecting your landscaping. They also stop rainwater or melted snow from flooding your house basement and increase your property aesthetics. Without professional gutter installation, gutters can adversely affect everything in your home. Improperly installed gutters destroy your sidewalks, landscaping and flood your basement. They also degrade your house foundation and cause mold growth, especially from water rot in walls, windows, doors, and siding. As such, below is how to install gutters like a pro:

Consider Water Management First

Although there are many reasons for guttering, the two main ones are catching rainfall from the row tiles and quickly draining water away to the outlet, whether you’re using soak away or downpipes as water outlets. For these two reasons, decide how far the rain has to travel and the type of gutter fit for your house. Install gutter guards, extend your downspouts, and improve your grading and slope to manage water while guttering. 

Gutter guards help prevent overflowing drains and gutter clogs.  They also restrict the water flow in the gutter channel, which affects your home’s foundation during heavy rains.  Also, install gutter splash guards, especially for stopping heavy rains from overshooting your gutters which also manage water.  Gutter splash guards are taller than most gutters hence acting as barriers to prevent water from overshooting them. They also divert heavy rainwater back into the trenches, which flows it to your water outlet, saving and managing water perfectly.

Install Both High and Low Point Gutter Bracket Positions

Regardless of the gutter types you install, most gutters have high and low bracket positions.  The higher bracket position is where you place the highest gutter bracket furthest from your house’s water outlet. If your roof has two or more downpipes as water outlets, the highest gutter bracket point is achieved by installing your gutters between two pipes. The lowest gutter bracket position for such a house would be achieved by installing gutters next to any downpipe. 

Also, install gutter hangers.  Gutter hangers secure your drains to their fascia, providing support, stability, and protection to your home’s structure. They also boost the functionality of your house’s drainage system. As a rule of thumb, install gutter hangers by placing them three feet away. If you reside in a cold climate area, install gutter hangers by spacing them two feet apart, especially to offer protection from the additional weight of ice and snow.

On the other hand, if you reside in a predominantly warm area with occasional heavy rains, install your gutters with hangers close to the center of the gutter system. Also, you can install gutter hangers by placing them less than 36 inches apart, and if you live in a highly wet climate area, install gutters by distancing them about 18 inches apart. 

Connect the Downpipes

Also known as rainwater downpipes or downpipe outlets, guttering downpipes are pipes you use to direct rainwater away from your building to the drainage system.  Guttering downpipes have three sections, the tube, base, and a swan.  The swan, which has two bends, links the gutter outlet to the wall of your house. Install the swan at the top of your gutters and place its offset bends against the water outlet. For the base, position it depending on the type of downpipe you’re installing but make sure the downpipe always supports it to prevent it from slipping off.

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