Gutter installation is the last step of a good roof maintenance.

Here is a succession of steps to achieve methodically:

Check well for standards related to the installation of a rain gutter.
Achieve the route of the gutter,
Proceed with the installation of the horizontal gutter.

Gutter installation: perform measurements

protect your roof with gutter maintenanceThe first step is to perform a trace of the gutter.
Gutter trace: essential prior to gutter installation

This exercise allows to determine precisely:

the exact location of the gutter to retrieve all of stormwater,
the film by the necessary gutter profile,
the characteristics, numbers and types of other elements that make up:
the horizontal gutter (elbow, coupling, birth, angle…),
the descent (downpipe, sleeve, collar),
the system, for an evacuation or water recovery.

Another function of the plot: adapted to the type of fittings and joints in the gutter to allow parts to expand and retract the seasons without weakening or damaging the gutter line.
Gutter installation: how to perform the trace of the gutter?

The horizontal line trace:

for a pending gutter: on the front of chevrons, the top of the gutter should remain approx 2 cm below the roof,
for a creeping gutter: on the strip of double or in the upper part of the rafters.

Here’s how:

nail a point at the two extreme points A (side down) and B (opposite side) on a same level line,
calculate the slope, thus identifying low point C of the descent (thus 5 mm below A for 10 meters long),
stretch a string between B and C,
Note the location of a hook every 50 cm,
also locate the square from every angle.

Attention: to strengthen the structure, a hook must be placed at 5 cm from any angle, connection or birth of gutter.

downpipesGood to know: some hooks are sold in batches, they are then numbered and present each time a small shift in height compared to the previous, the figure the lowest representative the highest point. These hooks you avoid integrating the slope in the plotting of gutter.
Installing gutter: different types of implementation

Gutter installation can have several types of configuration.

Here are a few possible figures:

a straight gutter without return with:
on one side: a birth of gutter,
the other side: one end because the gutter does not beyond, extends the following facade is not overlooked by a slope of the roof,
a closed gutter on both sides (between two walls for example): an expansion joint must exist at a point at least of this line, at the level of the birth or a junction,
a roof with four slopes:
the gutter surrounds the entire perimeter of the roof,
several expansions shall be provided, at least one per line.

Install a gutter: Assembly or soil and cutting

Before the final installation of your horizontal gutter, it is advisable to assemble on the ground all the gutter (profiles, fittings, births, elbows) elements:

In the case of parts to clip, allows you to train and repeat before climbing on the scale.
In this way, you check that you have all of the components for a continuity of your lines:
number of points of the expansion,
number of hooks to meet.

You can then cut the profiles to the correct length.

This cut must be:

made to the hacksaw,
perfectly straight
may be filed in the case of PVC gutters.

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