How to install and replace guttering in your home
Designed to keep rainwater away from the foundations of your house, durable, well-fitted guttering is essential for protecting your property against water damage. If your guttering needs replacing and you intend to carry out the work yourself, here are our essential tips on the kit you’ll need and how to install it.
Make sure you have a sturdy stepladder or extension ladder with locks that enables you to fit the guttering without standing on tiptoe. The ladder must be non-slip and placed flat on level ground. Ideally get someone to hold the ladder for you while you work.
Types of guttering – the kit you will need
Guttering has three components: gutter length, clips/fascia brackets and downpipes. Select the type of guttering that best suits the needs of your property. If you have very heavy rainfall in autumn and winter, then you’ll need deep guttering that can cope with high water volumes.
A cost-effective solution for refurbishments and new-build projects (domestic and industrial) our tough, efficient PVC guttering systems are lightweight, making installation easy. We supply a wide range of guttering systems in various colours and shapes. All our guttering comes with a pre-fitted lubricated gutter seal. Assembly is easy as the parts simply clip together.
Industrial Guttering (150mm/6”) – Perfect for commercial buildings dealing with high water volumes
Square Guttering – (116 x60mm/4.4” x 2.3”)) Ideal if you live in a heavy rainfall area as they are deeper and cope better with high water volumes.
Half-Round Guttering (112mm/4.4”) – The original shape, half-round guttering is ideal for average water flow. These are used with a standard 68mm downpipe for houses and larger garages.
Sov/Ogee High Capacity Guttering – Perfect for large roof areas, they have a front edge that’s fluted and a straight back edge, so are wider at the top than the bottom. The high-flow capacity requires fewer outlets and drainage runs and can be fitted with round or square downpipes.
Polyflow Deepflow Guttering – Especially designed for super high rainfall areas.
Twister Gutter Leaf Guards – [embed link to previous article on guttering maintenance] The most cost-effective way of keeping your guttering free from leaves, plastic bags, papers and other debris.
Guttering clips and fascia brackets
Guttering fits together using a clip system whereby two plastic clips sit either side with a rubber washer that provides a seal. You’ll be fitting your fascia brackets directly onto a fascia board or sofit. All our brackets have pre-drilled holes for easy attachment.
Click here for our full range of guttering clips and brackets.
Click here for our list of guttering downpipes:
Our 50ml downpipes fit onto the end of the running outlet held in place by downpipe clips. Ensure that the downpipe clips are fitted no more than 2m apart. We sell 4m and 2.5m lengths.
9 Easy steps to measuring and fitting your guttering
1. Measure up. If you are replacing your current guttering, use it to get an accurate measurement of the new guttering required. As well as the requisite number of brackets and downspouts. If installing on a new-build, remember that the guttering must run the exact length of the roof and end with a downpipe.
2. Mark up. Using builder’s chalk, mark the starting point (highest point) of the gutter run. Guttering must be fixed no more than 1.25inches/3.2cm below the roof flashing. Then mark the end point of the gutter run. This is where the downpipe will be attached.
Guttering must be attached on a slight slope roughly .25inches/.6cm for every 10ft/3m of length. Draw a straight guideline between your start and end points.
3. Use a hacksaw to cut the gutters to size. Our guttering is sold in 4m lengths.
4. Attach gutter brackets. These can be snapped onto the guttering first or attached using screws to the fascia board. The brackets should be placed every 18 to 24 inches/61cm (no more than 1m) apart using an electric screwdriver and stainless steel lag screws of at least 5.1cm/2inches.
5. Cut out the downpipe opening on the gutter
Using a jigsaw with new blade, cut out the hole for the downpipe opening.
7. Attach the gutters to the fascia board/sofit. Clip the gutters into the brackets you have already attached. Since guttering expands you don’t want it too tight. The fittings are actually designed so that the guttering can move inside them. If too tight the guttering will distort or pull itself out of the fitting.
8. Fit the downpipe to the gutters. Using a downpipe connector ensure the tapered end of the downpipe is facing the ground and aimed in the correct direction.
9. Seal the gutter connections. Use one of our special guttering sealants and allow to dry overnight.
Test your new guttering is working efficiently by running water from a garden hose through it. No water should stay in the guttering. If it does, then adjust your incline accordingly.
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We offer FREE delivery on all orders over £50 and within 40 miles of our stores. Orders are dispatched same day, when placed before 10am.
Call us today on 029 2078 7576 and find out how we can supply all your guttering requirements.
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