Nearly Time To Clean the Gutters

One of the best practices for home roof maintenance and repair is to clean, fix or replace your gutters. Photo credit: FreeWine

Roofs and roofing designs that get the most attention from their owners frequently turn out as the best ones in the neighbourhood. While yours may not win awards, you’re at least getting the occasional appreciative “oohs” and “aahs” from your family and friends. Inspired by the admiration and approval of your peers, you’ve been keeping abreast with the following best practices for home roof maintenance and repair. As your roofing and guttering knowledge and skills continue to widen and improve, you’re also making sure your home remains protected from the possible long-term damages caused by leaky gutters and pipes, a poorly insulated roof and attic, and moisture rot on the wooden trusses, rafters, beams, and joints.

Waterproofing Your Metal Roofs with Drip Caps and Gutters

Usually, the gutters are mounted to the trim under an overhang that extends for three-fourths of an inch or so. Among the industry-recommended practices for home roof maintenance and repair, remember these two important rules about gutter installations. Never attach the straps or screws of your gutters to any part of the metal roof. As much as possible, avoid loosening or damaging the corrugated iron sheets or steel panels.

First, measure each fascia’s length and cut your gutters accordingly to size. When called for, attach pre-mitered corners and end caps to your gutters. At the end of your gutter, cut out a round hole with the same diameter as the circular mouth. Apply silicone sealant to the underside of the metal joint before inserting it into the hole.

Second, place your gutter against the board at a slightly tilted position, which places the gaping mouth of the drain pipe at its lowest point. Keep the highest part of your gutter below the roofline. Mark these points on the fascia using a straight-edged ruler and a carpenter’s pencil. Fix the angle of its tilt towards the drainpipes by driving hard a 1.25-inch hex head screw through the gutter’s back into the board every two feet.

Next, install sheet-metal drip edge or gutter apron flashings to steer the runoffs away from the trim board and into the gutters. Cover the upper lip of every drip cap with roofing felt when they’re under the eave. Peel and stick the roofing felt first before installing the sheet-metal flashings along the rake’s edge. The drip cap protects the soffit and other parts of the roofline hidden behind the gutters from moisture rot.

Finally, align the long metal screws through the steel brackets or hidden hangers. Tighten the screws to fasten your gutter more securely to the metal fasteners. Use a power drill to drive the screws deeper into the flashings and the back of the gutter, all the way through the fascia board until they’re embedded into the tail-end of the wooden rafters.

Fix your roofing problems this summer and also replace your gutters and gutter guards along the way. If you’re looking for very efficient mesh filters and gutter protectors, then look no further than a sloping steel screen that offers coverage from the roof’s edge to the gutter’s outer lip. Find a gutter guard that matches the colour and style of your roof as well as the architectural design of your home’s exteriors. Contact us at The Leafman Australia for other options in gutter guard products and for professional advice from our guttering experts about the industry-recommended practices for home roof maintenance and repair.

Article by Heidi Cridland

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