All you need to know about the gutters installation
Choosing appropriate gutters for metal roof
Metal roof installation is definitely a task for pro. But how difficult would it be to install matching gutter system? After all, it’s ‘just’ several pipes and dripsters attached to the eaves and walls. Piece of cake, right? Umm, not exactly but almost. While gutter installation isn’t a rocket science, it still requires some planning and additional elements on top of aforementioned ones. But let’s start from the beginning, mainly material you want your gutters to be made of. Choice isn’t as overwhelming as with roof covering but you have different options to decide on – most often vinyl, aluminum and steel.
First option is the cheapest and easiest to assemble but don’t offer much in terms of longevity and resistance. Second one is definitely more durable but you need crimping seamers to join the elements together. However, the most interesting in this comparison is steel. For one thing, metal roof manufactures usually not only make covering but also matching metal guttering, so you may rest assured that all of the elements will work together seamlessly. For another, companies such as Worthouse went a step further, designing modular gutter systems that are extremely easy to assemble even for the inexperienced person.
Purchasing metal guttering
So, you’ve chosen appropriate type of gutters for metal roof. However, before you run to the building materials’ store, you have to take measurements to know exactly how much supplies you need. Write the length of fascia around perimeter of your house and add extra 1/2” in places where gutters extend beyond shingles. You’ll also need to know the height of walls. Armed with those numbers you can go shopping for gutters and downspouts. Don’t forget about additional elements, mentioned earlier, such as inside and outside corners, elbows (including outflow ones), drop outlets, connectors and of course mountings, hangers, anchors and brackets. Depending on the shape and type of your roof, you may not need each and every listed part but let’s make it comprehensive, so you’ll know what to expect.
Of course, you’ll also have to figure out for yourself how many pieces of each element; you’ll need for the task and buy some more than required. Last advice is rather self-explanatory – just in case, it’s good to have extra supplies. Having all materials and tools at hand, you are almost ready to start metal guttering installation. Why almost? Before you get there, you have to determine gutter pitch, chalking line on the fascia.
Assembling perfect gutter system for your home
Metal guttering installation starts with drop outlets. If you use modular gutters for metal roof, it’s enough to mount them in a designated places and proceed from there. I love such solutions, because they make the whole assembly unbelievably easy. With more traditional gutter systems, you’ll have to cut a hole in the dripster to fit outlet, then fix both parts together and then install the whole thing. Fortunately, that’s not necessary any more. But back to the point, which is gutter pieces joining.
Start with straight elements, followed by end caps (if necessary) and corners. Such length of eaves channel is finally ready for installation. If up to that point, you were doing everything by yourself then it’s time to call for additional help to align metal guttering with the chalk line. Having everything in proper position, secure it to the fascia, using hangers. Assemble downspouts and fix them to the walls with brackets or anchors. If there isn’t downspouts drain, don’t forget about putting outflow elbow at the end of each. Now, you’ll only have to add gutter flashing to protect fascia from water damage. After completing all listed steps, you can declare gutter installation completed. Simple, huh?