Installing Gutters: A Step-by-Step Guide

Replacing gutters is a relatively straightforward task, which is why many homeowners opt for the DIY route. However, a professional installation is also worth considering and, in most cases, is recommended. To ensure that the gutters drain properly, they must be tilted (½ inch per 10 feet) towards a downspout. For gutters larger than 40 feet, it is best to tilt the gutter down from the center to a downspout at each end, or tilt the gutters downward from each end to a single downspout placed in the center of the duct.

One of the most important parts of installing gutters is creating a fall or slope that ensures that water always moves towards downspouts. For ideal drainage, you need approximately one inch of fall for every 20 feet of travel. If the face board is level, measure from the edge to the starting point, then move the face down 20 feet and make a mark one inch lower. Connect the marks with a chalk line to create a guide for the top of the gutter.

DIY gutters come in 10-foot sections that are stitched with a special support and sealant. Half of the seam may remain on the floor before hanging each piece. The mounting brackets can also be attached to the floor. Vinyl or aluminum are easier to install than copper gutters, and the complexity of your home's roof can also make installation a smarter option than doing it yourself.

If you want an unusual gutter design or color, you can install semicircular reproduction gutters that are exact replicas of those found in old houses. Here's how:1.Measure and mark out where you want your gutter to go.2.Cut out any necessary holes in your fascia board.3.Attach mounting brackets to your fascia board.4.Place your gutter sections into position and secure them with screws.5.Seal any joints with sealant.6.Connect your downspouts.7.Test your gutters by running water through them. Remember that improper installation can cost you in many ways, so if you're not sure of your ability, it's best to see a professional.