Roof installer: How to install a gutter in your Charlotte home

The top roof installer in Charlotte NC teaches the residents how to install gutters on their roofs. Installing a gutter or any other drainage system on your roof is very important, especially if you have a flat roof. If you don’t have a gutter, water retains on the roof, weakening the material of the roof. This causes the water to slip into the roof causing wet marks on your ceiling and putting you at risk of damaging the structure of your building.

Also, this roof installer warns that improper installation of the gutter or any other drainage system would only cause more harm than good. A gutter is one of the most common types of drainage systems in homes.  So, it is important to ensure that your drainage system is properly installed. To be on the safer side, you should hire a professional roof installer to help with the installation process.

But if you want to do the installation by yourself, here are simple steps to installing your gutter system.

Installing your gutter

  1. Get quality material

The first thing to do when installing your gutter is to get quality gutter material. There are several materials available in the market. Likewise, there are both poor and high-quality materials. If you do not know the difference between poor-quality material and a high-quality one, you could consult your local roofer for advice.

Gutters are made from metal (aluminum or steel). Whichever one you choose; a poor-quality material would only lead to more repairs and maintenance. So, invest in a high-quality one.

  1. Get started

Set your workstation by arranging a sheet of plywood on a pair of sawhorses. With a gable roof or a simple hip roof, just start at one end.

Install a slip-joint splice on each end of an inside corner fitting. Slide the splices as far as they will go. Now, trim the first section of the gutter to length with tin snips. Use a square and pencil to mark the gutter length and cut to the line. If the tin snips interrupt the profile of the gutter, just bend it back into shape with needle-nose pliers. You can also use a chop saw or saber saw to cut the gutter material.

Fasten these compounds by using either short sheet metal screws or pop rivets. If you choose rivets, begin by boring several 1/8 in. holes through the fitting into the hole. When it bottoms out, squeeze the handle several times until the rivet flattens and the stem shears off.

  1. Attach end caps

Install an end cap to the pop rivets. They can be simply glued in place with a gutter lap sealer. Hold the end cap in place temporarily with a single sheet-metal screw. Remove the screw and replace it with the pop rivet.

After that, cut downspout holes and install a downspout outlet fitting in the gutter. Measure carefully to determine the best location for the outlet fitting. Then, set the fitting on the bottom of the gutter and trace around it. Cut a starter hole in the gutter with a saber saw and nibble out the finished opening with tin snips. Use the flange to mark the screw-hole locations and bore 1/8 in holes through the gutter. Finally, insert the filling into the hole and fasten it with short screws.

Tip the hooked end of the bracket under the front flange and press the remaining end over the back of the gutter. With help, lift the gutter in place, and secure the corner first, screwing the bracket into the roof’s fascia. Secure the rest of the hangers with 2-in galvanized nails or screws.

  1. Final Installment

Now it is time to install the downspouts and downspout extensions. Start by pushing the one end of the downspout elbow onto the first outlet fitting. Then, hold the second elbow in line with the first elbow. Measure the distance between these fittings and cut a short length of downspout to join them, allowing for about 1 1/2 inches of insertion on one end. Slide the short length of the downspout onto the bottom of the top elbow and slide the top of the lower elbow onto the short length. Rivet all joints, including the connection with the outlet.

Install two U-shaped downspout brackets on the corner of the house, one high and one low. Bring the downspout to within 1 ft. of the ground and install the last elbow. Finally, trim a notch in one end of a 36-in. length of downspout to make a fold-up extension. Just cut several inches from the top half and screw the extension to the elbow on each side. This arrangement delivers the water well away from the house but allows you to tip up the extensions when mowing your lawn.

Top roof installer in Charlotte

Installing a gutter on your roof could be more work than you want to try. Don’t risk injury, contact a professional to get the job done right.

Advanced Roofing and Exteriors offers commercial roofing and residential roofing services to Charlotte NC and surrounding areas.