If your home is due for a new gutter system, but there’s some reason you aren’t interested in having gutters professionally installed, this guide is for you! Although many homeowners do choose to have expert contractors put new gutters in for them, it is certainly possible to install gutter systems yourself, especially if you do all of the proper research first. This guide is meant to get you started with answers to common questions, but you may need to find more detailed information regarding specific steps of the installation process as you get into your project in earnest.
How are DIY gutter kits sold?
Most of the time, do-it-yourself gutter kits include multiple gutter trench sections in 10-foot to 22-foot intervals. Whatever package you choose will also include gaskets, connectors, and PVC cement or silicone to seal the pieces together. This is in contrast to the seamless gutter systems that are installed by most modern professionals, but it will absolutely save you money if you are on a tight budget.
What should I know about gutter sizing?
Gutter systems are available in several standard sizes. Their diameters are generally 4 inches, 5 inches, or 6 inches and downspouts are sold in 2×3-inch or 3×4-inch models. The size of your home, the slope of your roof, and several other factors will all play a role in which rain gutter size is the best fit for your project. If you need help figuring this out, there are numerous tutorials available on the web, or you can contact someone you know who has installed gutters previously.
In addition to coming in various sizes, gutters have different profiles. In this case, the word “profile” refers to the appearance of the gutter from each end. Nowadays, the majority of homeowners select “U” profiles or “K” (“ogee”) profiles. There typically isn’t much of a price difference between these two profiles, and the choice really comes down to personal preference.
What are some useful installation tips?
Although installing gutters is something you will undoubtedly get better at the longer your project goes on, there are a few tips that can help things go more smoothly from the start. As you start installing your gutters, you may realize that you don’t know how close together your brackets should be. The most safe, secure option is to attach a bracket every three feet.
Another good idea is to put together as much of your gutter system as you can in your yard before you climb onto a ladder. Working on solid ground is significantly less stressful than trying to assemble a complete rain gutter system in the air. It is, however, crucial to wait to attach any downspouts at the end of the process. This way, you can make sure their angles are correct.
If you get into your gutter installation project and realize you’ve bitten off more than you chew, don’t hesitate to contact a local Carolina contractor for an estimate. Many gutter installers offer free quotes, so there’s nothing to lose by finding out what the price difference would be to let an expert oversee your job.