What’s the Best Way to Measure and Price Out a Gutter Installation?

If you are building a new home, renovating an existing one, or simply replacing an old, dilapidated gutter system, you are likely curious about the overall costs. Fortunately, you can estimate for yourself the cost of a gutter installation by taking the proper measurements and looking at the prices for gutter materials. Here are some tips and tricks for getting a rough estimate of the cost of your installation.   Calculate the Drainage Area in Square Feet   First, you will need to know the square footage of your gutters’ drainage area. For a gable-end roof, this is simple. Just multiply the length by the width for each side. If you have hip roofs or intersecting roofs, you will need… Continue reading »

How to Install Various Important Gutter Parts on Your Home

Whether you are interested in reinforcing your existing gutters or you need to make some repairs, it’s always a good idea to understand the best ways to install some of the most common gutter components on your home. Here, you will learn about some of the most common and important accessories as well as how to install them.   Downspout Rack, Drive & Key   A rack and key are used to attach a downspout to an exterior wall. For each story, you will need two racks and keys to properly fasten your downspout. This sort of fastener can be used whether your home exterior is masonry, wood, or stone, and it also works with most siding types. Fasten the… Continue reading »

Key Differences between Galvanized and Galvalume Gutters

When it comes to choosing materials for gutter systems, home and business owners have many options available to them. While galvanized steel is more popular for industrial settings than homes, it is gaining popularity. What’s more Galvalume gutters are also gaining traction? Here, you will learn more about the differences between galvanized and Galvalume gutters along with some of the pros and cons of each.   What is Galvanized Steel?   Galvanized steel is an incredibly popular building component, and it’s also very popular for industrial and commercial gutter systems. Essentially, it is steel that has been hot-dipped into zinc oxide, which creates a barrier designed to prevent corrosion, oxidation, and rust. Though galvanization does improve steel’s resistance to the… Continue reading »

What are the Key Tools Needed to Install a Half Round Gutter on Your Home?

If you are interested in making half round gutter installation a DIY job and you feel confident in your abilities, it’s important to make sure you have everything you need to get the job done right. Here, you will learn more about the tools you should have on hand and their unique purposes.   Traditional Tools   First and foremost, you will need to have some traditional tools that you most likely already have in your tool shed or garage. These are all fairly self-explanatory, and they include the following: Ladder Chalk Line Measuring Tape Pencil Screws Power Drill Tin/Aluminum Snips Hacksaw Needle nose pliers Other fasteners Level   Additional Tools   Some additional tools that you will need during… Continue reading »

Are Your Gutters Draining Poorly? Check to See if Your Gutter Screens are Filled with Debris

With the rainy season upon us, now is the time to make sure your gutters are up to the task of removing and rerouting rainwater from your roof to a safe area outside your home. If your gutters do not appear to be draining as they should, there are several things you can check – including your gutter screens. Here are some tips and tricks for improving your gutter system’s drainage.   Determining Your Gutter’s Drainage Capabilities   You may be wondering how you can tell whether your gutters are struggling to provide ample drainage. The best way to do this is to gauge the amount of flow exiting your downspouts during a rainstorm. If you have water spilling over… Continue reading »