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Pondering whether to install new rain gutters yourself, or having them installed professionally might be the question. The savings in doing it yourself can be substantial. If you can follow directions, and take your time, the job can usually be taken care of over a weekend. The first step of the process is to measure out how much guttering will be required. The installation area should be measured by measuring the fascia around the area. Then the downspouts should be measured to determine that requirement. Plan where you want the downspout to end on the ground to get the water running away from the house and measure that as well. However if you don’t have patience and time to get the job done by yourself, contact your gutters Wilmington DE specialist.
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Next, take a chalk line and snap a line where the gutters are going to go, being sure to slope from the middle of the roof-line down each way to the corners. The top edge of the gutter should be an inch or two lower than the drip edge of the roof. The end will need to be an inch or so below the middle. A good rule of thumb is to have the gutter about a half-inch lower for each ten feet. This will assure that the water running down off of the roof will go to the downspouts to drain in an orderly fashion.
The next step is to hang the gutter hangers. They should be positioned about every two feet and about 4 to 6 inches from the end of the gutter. They can be screwed into the fascia first, and then the rain gutters can be snapped into place. It is a good idea to use either stainless or galvanized screws. Corners and downspouts can be purchased at most home improvement centers. The corners should be the first to be installed, because it gives a good point of reference as something to shoot for in attaching the gutters. Measure out how much will be needed to attach from point to point. Cut the gutters to the length needed and install them. Be sure and fill all of the holes with a silicone calking. Then the downspouts can be installed and adjusted so the water can be directed in the way that is desired.
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