Your gutters and downspouts are the core of the drainage system. This system directs water from your roof and away from the house. Without this system, water will flow directly from your roof to the foundation of your house, causing severe problems ranging from mold to foundation cracks.
Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts are constructed from many separate parts and pieces. Metal gutters are usually fastened using sheet metal screws and/or pop rivets.
A slip connector fastens together pieces of guttering in a single run. Depending upon the design, your gutter may or may not require a sealant. You may also need a strap hanger to give the system better support and prevent failure.
The conductor pipe band, or clincher, is a strap which holds the downspout in place. It is fastened to the outside wall in order to hold the downspout securely. Conductor pipe bands are available in many styles and types. A sales associate at your local home improvement center can help you select the right one for your project.
Use square elbows when a turn is required to pull the downspout toward or away from the house. 2 of these elbows, when used together as illustrated, form an offset of several inches in the downspout. The crimp in downspouts and elbows usually makes mastic or caulk unnecessary at the joints.
To form a turn in the downspout, either to the left or right, use the square elbows. You can divert the direction of the downspout to the left or right by several inches by mounting several of these pieces together.
A square shoe is applied at the bottom of the downspout. Square shoes are used to direct the flow of water onto a splash block, which is where the downspout ends.
Installing Gutters and Downspouts
Metal is the most common material for gutters and downspouts. The components described in Step 1 are needed to complete the job. Begin by measuring the area where the gutter is to be installed and determine exactly how much guttering and how many component parts you need.
Once you’ve purchased the materials, lay the pieces of gutter and fitting on the ground below the work area. Align them to correspond to the way they will fit when assembled under the eave of the roof.