Hey there, it’s Bob Villa here, and today I want to talk to you about the process of replacing your gutters. Whether you’re dealing with clogged or leaking gutters, or you just want to upgrade to a newer, more durable material, replacing your gutters can be a big job. But with the right tools and a little bit of know-how, you can tackle this project yourself and save some money in the gutter replacement process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started with gutter replacement
Step 1: Assess the damage
Before you start tearing out your old gutters, it’s important to understand the extent of the damage and what needs to be replaced. Start by inspecting your gutters and downspouts for any visible signs of damage, such as holes, cracks, or rust. You should also check the mounting brackets that hold your gutters in place, as they may also need to be replaced if they’re damaged or loose.
Step 2: Measure your gutters
Once you know what needs to be replaced, it’s time to take some measurements. Measure the length of your gutters, as well as the distance between the mounting brackets. You’ll need these measurements to order the right size and quantity of materials for your project.
Step 3: Order your materials
Now it’s time to place your order for the new gutters and mounting brackets. There are a variety of materials to choose from, including aluminum, copper, and vinyl. Each has its own set of pros and cons, so be sure to do your research and choose the material that’s best for your home and budget.
Step 4: Remove the old gutters
Before you start installing the new gutters, you’ll need to remove the old ones. Start by removing the downspouts and any hangers or brackets that are still attached to the house. Then, using a ladder and a pry bar, gently lift the gutters off of the mounting brackets and set them aside. Be careful not to damage the fascia board or any other parts of your house as you remove the gutters.
Step 5: Install the new mounting brackets
With the old gutters removed, it’s time to install the new mounting brackets. First, mark the locations of the brackets on the fascia board using a pencil or chalk. Then, using a drill and screws, attach the brackets to the fascia board at the marked locations. Be sure to use screws that are long enough to reach through the fascia board and into the rafter tails behind it.
Step 6: Cut and install the new gutters
With the mounting brackets in place, it’s time to cut and install the new gutters. If you’re using seamless gutters, you’ll need to order them in the correct length for your home. If you’re using standard gutters, you’ll need to cut them to the correct length using a circular saw or a hacksaw. Once the gutters are cut to size, attach them to the mounting brackets using hangers or brackets, making sure they’re level and secure.
Step 7: Install the downspouts
With the gutters in place, it’s time to install the downspouts. Measure and cut the downspouts to the correct length, and then attach them to the gutters using brackets. You may also need to attach downspout elbows to redirect the flow of water away from your foundation.
Step 8: Test your work
Once you’ve done your gutter replacement and downspouts, it’s important to test them to make sure they’re working properly.