A Guide to Replacing Your Roof Gutters

Roof gutter replacement is definitely not at the top of your list of fun things to do. However, if they get damaged in some way or need replacement, it is important to take care of them quickly so that you don't risk further damage to your home or roof. The last thing you want is to need re roofing because of gutter neglection.  You will need to schedule enough time and have all the necessary tools to complete this project. Below is a simple guide to help you do the right thing when handling this kind of work.

Have the Right Tools

Simple tools help complete big projects. Therefore, ensure you have a screwdriver, a pry bar, a fascia board, fascia cover or plate, a chalk line, a hammer, nails, a pair of working gloves, screws, tin snips, a drill, a number of gutter hangers, a hole saw, some rivets, a rivet gun, and silicone caulk.

Taking Clear Measurements

Start by calculating the amount of material needed to fully replace the downspouts and gutters. In this case, measure the exact length of the wood to which the new gutters will be attached. Ensure you take measurements from start to end of the wood as well as the outer edge sections of the shingles. Add up the figures to determine the full length of the gutters needed. The downspout heights may be determined by measuring the length from the ground to the roofline.

Removing Old Gutters

Use a pry bar or screwdriver to remove the old gutters and downspouts from the house. Check out for any damages to the fascia and replace the old board if damaged or rotted. Using a chalk or pencil to mark the areas where new downspouts should be installed.

Snapping the Layout Guidelines

Layout guidelines will provide a guide on where the new gutters should go. You may measure approximately one inch below the available metal flashing and secure a nail at this position on the fascia board. Pull a chalk line and snap to create a guideline for your new gutters.

Preassembling the New Gutter Portions

Spread all the new gutter portions on a flat surface in the order in which they will be mounted on the fascia. With your working gloves, cut the gutters to the required length using tin snips. For areas that need more than one length gutter for a section of the fascia, you may overlap the gutter pieces to avoid leakages.

Hanging New Gutters

Follow the chalk line guide to attach the new gutters with screws using a screw driver. Hidden hinges may be installed every two feet on the back edge of each gutter to provide more support on the fascia.