Your Guide to Rain Gutter Installations

Gutter installations can be an overwhelming project for the average homeowner to consider. A complete teardown of your old gutter system and a new installation that runs the perimeter of your house can also produce a substantial bill. However, as we're reminded by the episode of "This Old House" in the above video clip, a simple spot installation will suffice in most cases - assuming there's significant damage or wear and tear to the majority of your gutter system.

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Whether you're replacing a section that's sustained holes from severe weather or the test of time, or filling in a trouble spot to provide better protection, using this simple checklist will prepare you for a gutter installation.

1. Accurately Measure the Roof

Before you contact a supplier, you should have your measurements readily available. Ensure your roof measurements are accurate so you order the proper amount of materials.

2. Pinpoint Slopes

Mark your points of downward slope to ensure proper drainage.

3. Downspout Outlet

Cut out the measurements for your downspout outlet first, making the V-shape with a hammer and chisel, ensuring a snug fit.

4. Cutting Your Gutters

Cut the length of the gutter according to the slope markers you created from the second step.

5. Mounting

Mount your new sections of material and install the supports before ending with a downspout attachment.

Gutter installation is actually much simpler than most homeowners make it out to be. If you're replacing rusty sections or installing new gutters where rain waterfalls down in trouble spots, there's no reason you can't tackle the job yourself with a little ingenuity and a good helper.