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How to Replace Gutters

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It may not be your ideal weekend activity but run-down gutters must be replaced right away to prevent structural damage. Find a day for this and prepare all essential tools and materials for the job. Don’t forget to review your safety precautions and if in doubt, call in the professionals!


In order to determine the amount of material for the project you have measure the existing downspouts and gutters. Get the length of the wood where the gutters are attached. Measure from one end to the outer edge of your shingles. For the downspouts, get the distance of the roofline from the ground. Experts advise that downspouts should be present every 20-feet of your gutter.

Take Out the Old Gutters

A pry bar or a screwdriver may be used to remove the old downspouts and gutters. After doing so, assess the condition of the fascia. Mark any problematic area with a chalk or pencil. Cover the area with a fascia plate or get a new board.

Make A Guideline

Find a certain point on the fascia that is 1 ¼ inch below your metal flashing and hammer a nail into it. Make a chalk line from that point. In order to get the right slope for the gutter, drop this line every 25 feet. Pull the chalk line firmly and snap it so it leaves a mark on the surface. This is will serve as a guideline as to where to position the top of your new gutters.


Find a place where you can lay the new gutters out.  Arrange them according to their position when already mounted. Wear your work gloves and get a pair of sharp tin snips then cut the new gutters to length.

If a different length is needed for a section, make sure there is an overlap of at least 8 inches to prevent unintentional outflow. For turn corners, cut the end at a 45-degree angle and link them together using a quality gutter seam sealant.

Decide where the downspouts holes should be positioned and create the holes using a pair or tin snips.

Mount the Gutters

With the help of screws, mount your new gutters following the chalk line you’ve made. Provide additional support to these structures by installing hangers every 2 feet.

Attach New Outlets and Downspouts

Install your new outlets and downspouts at the marked areas. Elbow pieces should be installed at the top and bottom of the new spouts to direct the water away from the house.

Attach End Caps

Gutter ends that don’t turn corner should be attached with end caps. Secure these caps using rivets and make a watertight seal using silicon caulk.

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