Want to protect your home from water damage, collect rainwater for use in the garden and stop your patio and yard from getting soaked? You need to install a gutter. The gutter installation process takes several steps, but each step is simple when you know how to do it. If you are not 100% sure, or are not up for the task, contact a gutter installation company to get the job done.
What you will need to install a gutter.
There are several tools and pieces of kit that you will need for this process, including:
- Sections of guttering (enough to cover the length of the relevant walls) - Make sure you choose the correct type of gutter.
- Downspouts (i.e. the vertical sections of guttering, that carry water down and into the drain).
- Gutter brackets (these secure the guttering to the exterior walls of your property).
- Screws, nuts and bolts for securing the gutter brackets.
- Screwdrivers, wrenches and other tools for affixing brackets to the walls.
- A sturdy, stable, safe ladder for reaching the upper areas of your exterior walls.
The art of installing a gutter.
One of the key considerations to bear in mind when affixing a gutter to the wall is the space between gutter brackets. These should not be too close together, as this is a waste of brackets. However, they should also not be too far apart from each other because without enough support your guttering will sag and may even break. As a rule of thumb, gutter brackets ought to be placed around 36" from each other. Slanting the horizontal guttering ever so slightly so as to 'encourage' water to flow along it into the downpipes is something that you might also consider doing - though it is not strictly necessary if your gutter is less than 40ft long.
In addition, the horizontal portion of your guttering ought to be placed a few inches below the lip of a slanted roof. Place it too close to the edge of the roof and the gutter will be unable to catch all of the water that runs off the roof when it rains. On the other hand, place the gutter too far away from the edge of the roof and it will not be able to collect all of the rainwater cascading down those roof tiles.
When it comes to the downpipes, these are best placed at either end of a horizontal section of guttering, preferably above either a drain (if you wish to get rid of the water entirely via the plumbing) or a water butt (if you want to collect rainwater to recycle for use in your garden). Some homeowners choose to place their downpipes in the middle of a section of guttering in order to provide a long gutter with some additional support. Here, the downpipe acts as a kind of supporting column for the gutter. If you do do this, just make sure that the downpipe empties out appropriately into a drain or water butt. Often, the position of the drains in your back yard will determine where downpipes can be placed.
Can I install guttering myself?
Gutter installation is a DIY job that plenty of householders can do themselves. If you have any doubts, though, simply call in a professional to perform the gutter installation procedure for you.