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Emilie J. Toft Gutter Guards June 10th, 2018 - 06:51:14
There are cases where due to a large expanse of roof area a larger gutter may be required. Five inch gutters are available that resemble the four inch standard size. The downspouts are increased to four inch from three inch to accommodate the extra water flow. If the downspouts are undersized the water will wash over the outside lip of the gutter defeating the entire intent of the gutter and possibly damage the house or landscaping below. Also available are gutters called "Yankee Gutters". These are built into the roof itself and do not protrude from the roofs edges.
You will need ladders a hammer tape measure four foot level drill with metal bits rivets and rivet gun gutter caulking gutter spikes and ferrules or roof gutter straps. I place one nail every two feet on center starting a couple of inches in from the ends and over the downspout outlet(s) openings. First install both the end caps with caulking and then add the downspout outlets riveting each one in place. If youre using a single ten foot gutter a downspout at one end should be more than sufficient. Gutters may be hung using either nails and ferrules or roof straps.
Attach the downspout to the gutter outlet with two small galvanized self tapping sheet metal screws. You may want to remove the downspout for cleaning one day. Now using the downspout bracket you riveted to the pipe earlier bend the flat bracket tightly around the downspout pipe and bend the two ends outward flat against the house siding. Using galvanized roofing nails nail the straps securely to the main building. A minimum of two straps is required with one at the top where the downspout first contacts the house and the other just above the bottom elbow.
There are also some quite good washer attachments that fit on the end of a garden hose that will let you wash out the gutters from the ground or a small ladder. There are many types of leaf guards that fit inside the top gutter lips to prevent leaves from entering the gutter. Some work quite well some not at all. There is one type of "gutter" system that in fact is not a true gutter at all These are called rain guards rain splashers and so on. They are a series of finned sections that in cross section look like a louver blade.