How To Replace Your Gutters

The problem with gutters is that they become weak, uneven, and damaged after years of usage. Gutters in climates where it is cold and icy endure the hardest wear. Also, gutters on a roof underneath trees can get clogged and over-weighted quite easily. Basically, if you have a home with a gutter attached to the fascia board, you can expect that you will need to replace it at least once over the lifetime of your property. This article explains what needs to be done to properly replace a fascia-mounted gutter.

Vinyl is a Great Gutter Material

The first thing you should do is choose the material of your new gutter. Most modern product that you find at home improvements are going to be made out of vinyl. Vinyl is a great substitute for gutter because it is lighter yet thicker than aluminum. It is also water resistant and rust proof. Also, a vinyl gutter isn't painted on the outside. Instead, the whole vinyl piece is dyed to be the same color. So, you don't need to worry about it the paint scratching off.

Mounting Brackets

If you're going to replace your gutter, you should also replace the mounting brackets. Mounting brackets do most of the heavy lifting. Even if your current brackets seem to be in good shape, there is a good chance that they won't work with your new product. This requires a little bit of woodworking. When you remove your old bracket you need to fill the holes from the screws. Then, you want to attach the new brackets off to the side a little bit so that the new screws hit fresh wood. The easiest way to do this is actually mount your new brackets in line with your old bracket (before you remove them) so that they will already be level. This way, you don't have to measure and level all of your brackets one by one.

Since most modern gutters are modular, the actual pieces snap together very easily and don't need to be screwed to each other. So, the only part of the job where you need a power tool is to attach the screws to the mounting bracket, and to cut the end pieces to the right length.

Gutter replacement is very easy if your building has solid fascia boards along the roof line. It is a smart upgrade that will protect your property and save your roof line.For professional help, get in touch with a company like Earhart Roofing Company Inc.