Controlling rainwater is paramount in a home. It can lead to havoc when the moisture catalyses the formation of mould or weakens your foundation. This makes it a priority to be capable of capturing and controlling rainwater in the home. Gutters have been used to trap this water from the roof. However, you need to be informed in order to install them properly. You need to be aware of a couple of factors to avoid mistakes. Here are the major ones for any DIY-er.
Stay Away from Galvanised Metals
The temptation to use galvanised metals may be powerful. They are cheaper and readily available. However, for a half gutter, using such metals won't be a good option. A half gutter is up against many forces; falling twigs, heavy rains, ice, and even dirt particles. Once the top layer is scratched, the metal underneath it rusts at an alarming rate. You are going to incur costs in constant painting and maintenance. Use aluminium or copper gutters, they are much more durable and resistant to corrosion.
Position It Below the Roof Plane
The outer lip of your gutter needs to be installed below the roof plane otherwise you risk ice and snow damaging it. Extension shanks will make it easier to get the gutters low enough to escape the ice but still catch any dripping water. Install the shank and hold a small piece of gutter in a circle. Look over the top of the gutter and roof plane then appropriately alter the elevation of the circle till it's the gutter settles below the plane of the roof.
Avoid Mixing Metals
When performing your installations, avoid using different kinds of metals. The circles, bolts and nuts should all be of the same material and if possible, from the same manufacturer. This will prevent any galvanic reactions from taking place when moisture builds up in the rainy seasons.
Attaching Two Gutters
When attaching two gutter pieces together, use a simple lap. Start from the lowest section of the gutters and ensure they overlap well enough. Install the spring clips first then you can rivet the two pieces together to ensure they remain tightly fixed. To ensure that the spring clips don't fall off, use pliers to carefully bend the gutter ends. Installing strainers should be the finishing touch and they keep the gutters flowing freely.
Installation of these half gutters takes you a step ahead in protecting your home from the effects of runoff water. Water around your foundation not only weakens it, but it also floods the basement. For mroe information, contact KFC Roofing Supplies Pty Ltd.
Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Tammy. A few years ago, my husband and I invested in a very old house. It was in a lovely location, but it needed a lot of love and attention. One of the biggest repair jobs was the roof. I had never climbed onto a roof before, but once I got up there, I loved it. My husband and I carried out DIY repair work and completely re-roofed the property. Since then, I have enjoyed carrying out maintenance work to keep the roof in excellent condition. I started this blog to share my knowledge about roofing with other people who might be in a similar situation.