Here are 10 tips for professional Gutter Installation:
- Use a Material List – Begin by compiling everything you will need to complete the job. This not only ensures your truck is loaded properly but also can help you plan the cuts that will make the best use of your material eliminating waste. Taking time in the beginning to plan helps you work smarter in the end.
- Join Sections on the Ground – It is much easier to join your gutter ends from the ground than high up in the air. Assemble your system from below and then adjust as needed when on the ladder.
- Good Snippers are your Best Friend – A good pair of snippers is helpful for almost any task at hand. Invest in a quality pair to work quickly and cleanly.
- Cut Out the Downspout Outlet – To make your work look neater, cut the downspout outlet
out of the gutter rather than using a small section with an outlet already installed. This practice eliminates two seams leaving a much more finished look.
- Remember the ¼” for every 10 ft. Rule for Slope – Sloping is one of the essential ways that water is eliminated from the system so you want to make sure you get it right. Each gutter should be sloped toward the downspout at an angle of 1/4-in. for every 10 feet of system.
- Apply Sealant Properly – When applying sealant always apply a liberal amount on the inside of the gutters. Gutters must be dry so make sure to wipe any condensation off the parts when working in the morning or after a rainfall.
- Good Crimpers make Downspout Installation Easy – Downspout crimpers make it easy to prepare the downspouts for installation. Good quality crimpers will make a factory precision crimp each and every time.
- Use Screws to Install Downspouts – When installing downspouts use screws rather than standard rivets. The screws make it easier to remove the downspouts when cleaning out debris or clogs. A 1/4-in. hex screw is a good one to try. Just make sure it is pre-painted to match the rest of the system or it will stick out like a sore thumb.
- Always Have the Crimp Face Down – When installing elbows and downspouts always have the crimped ends facing down. This is key to preventing leaks at the joints and ensuring a functional system.
- Clean Up after Yourself – Every good professional knows how important it is to leave the customer’s property as clean as it was when you arrived. Make sure to take with you your leftover materials and supplies leaving them with not only a soundly-installed system but also a great impression of your company.