When Rain Gets in Your Gutters
Posted on Oct 17, 2013
The rainy season is upon us and many people will have a problem with their rain gutters. Rain gutters are practically installed in order to divert the flow of rain or water towards the drains so as to not have your roof flooded during rain showers. It is also necessary to have these gutters installed to provide a stronger foundation for your house during stormy weather. A lot of water that is not properly diverted could result to damages in your roofing. Learning how to properly install rain gutters would be beneficial to you and your home.
How to Purchase Rain Gutter Material
Rain gutters are easy to install. You can simply install these gutters by following do-it-yourself manuals that would give you all the information needed. Installation of rain gutters will only take a little of your energy, effort and money. Doing the installations yourself is recommended as it would be impractical to hire someone else to do this job. Shopping for the right kind of material used as gutters is important. The stability and durability of the materials used must be strong enough to withstand even the strongest of winds and downfall of rain.
Rain gutters must also be strong enough to hold the flow of water that will pass through the gutters leading to your drains. Rain gutters should be found at various points of your house starting from your roof. Your local hardware store will be able to give you the desired amount and length of gutter material needed to be used. Gutters are usually tube in which you can install at the sides of your roof. Calculating the span and length needed is essential as this will the quantity and length of tube or gutters to be bought. Measuring this would take a while as you have to be sure to get the right length and wide that would fit your roof side.
Installing Gutters by Yourself
Installing rain gutters is easy. Just be sure to make a layout of your house and where the gutters should go. There should always be enough material and space for the gutters and be sure to line the places where the rain gutters are to be installed with chalk. Attach the gutters to lined chalk marks using garter brackets. These are usually made of metal to keep the gutters in place. It is best to use these brackets but nylon straps are best since these do not get damaged from water. Nylon straps are also strong and durable and can withstand a lot of pressure from water and weight.
Rain gutters are sealed with a downspout for opened ended gutters to prevent any birds or squirrels from nesting in them. Keeping your rain gutters clean is essential as clogged gutters could cause a build-up of water on your roof. It could also damage your gutters. Cleaning your gutters weekly would be advisable to rid them of any dry leaves and animals that may have taken abode in your rain gutters.