How To Install Rain Gutters

Knowing how to install rain gutters system is very handy. You never know when these gutter installation instructions will be needed.

Whether it’s copper gutter installation, aluminum gutter installation or any other gutters installation, the idea is exactly the same. Installing rain gutters main purpose is to protect your house from rain water.

Gutter Installation Instructions

Gutter and Downspout Preparation

Before installing rain gutters, decide where the placement for your downspouts and gutters will be. The downspouts should not allow rain water to stand near your houses foundation, such as a driveway or carport. If these downspouts are not available for your use, you may consider purchasing a gutter downspout extender to direct the water away from your home.

Next, examine the fascia. If there is molding beneath the shingles, you should remove it or cover it with a board to give yourself a clean slate on which to install the gutters. Determine the placement of the gutters by measuring and marking half an inch from each end of the roof, using a string level to ensure that the marks are level.

Measuring, Assembling and Cutting Gutters

Measure the length of the fascia and add three or four extra inches to ensure all the pieces will join together correctly. An additional inch should be added to the end gutter pieces to account for any overhanging shingles. Use a hacksaw to cut the pieces as measured.

Once cut to size, assemble the pieces by overlapping the seams by the amount allotted during cutting. Use rivets to join the pieces together and caulk the seams. While constructing the gutters, make sure that the inner pieces of gutter are slightly sloped toward the downspout. Attach an end cap with rivets and caulk the inner joint.

Measuring and Assembling Downspout

Measure from the corner of your home to the center of the downspout and mark the result on the gutter. Use tin snips to cut an outlet for your downspout and attach the downspout with the crimped sections of the elbows facing downward. Use rust resistant screws to attach the downspout for easier removal and cleaning.

Downspouts and Gutters Supplies:

  • Gutter system
  • Downspouts
  • Rust resistant screws
  • Offset tin snips
  • Silicone caulk
  • Screwdriver bits

Gutters Installation Tools:

  • String level
  • Tape Measure
  • Caulk gun
  • Ladder
  • Hacksaw
  • Power Drill