new gutters help prevent water damage and improve the appearance of your home. When you need to join sections of gutters, as a homeowner you have the option of hiring helpers or completing the job yourself. some homeowners would prefer to do it themselves. Fortunately, connecting gutter sections is a fairly simple task.
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There are two main types of gutters: vinyl and metal. In this article, we will cover how to join gutters for each type as they require different joining techniques. We’ll provide a step-by-step process, which you can use as a guide to join your home’s gutters and make sure they’re attached to your roof correctly.
At Legacy Service, we provide installation and replacement services for any part of your home’s exterior, and gutters are no exception. If you’re looking for a trustworthy company to provide the quality gutter service you need, look no further. we will join your gutters so you don’t have to worry about that. your house will look like new! For more information on gutter installation or replacement, call our legacy service team today at 215-798-9790.
how to know if you need new gutters
You may be wondering if it’s time to replace your gutters. the best way to find out is to get an expert consultation, but you can also check yourself first to see if you should call them. Here are three signs that you need new gutters:
you can see cracks or cracks. The next time you clean your gutters, take some time to look for cracks or crevices as well. Small cracks may not seem like much, but they can grow over time, especially if you live in an area that gets very cold in the winter. if the cracks are large, treat them immediately.
note rusty or orange areas; Not all types of gutters will rust, but some are likely to if they lose their protective coating. if you notice signs of rust or an orange coloration around any of the gutter areas, it’s probably time to replace it.
There is water damage around the gutters. when you’re cleaning or inspecting gutters, it’s best to wait for a sunny day. this will help you see if there is any water damage around the gutters that you need to be aware of. telltale signs include puddles, water spots, mold, and rotting fascia.
tools you’ll need
If you’re thinking of joining the gutters yourself, either to repair or replace them, you’ll need to gather a few tools and supplies before you begin. we’ve compiled a list of everything you’ll need. include:
- metal or vinyl gutter pieces
- tape measure
- tin snips
- sheet metal screws
- sealing putty or plastic cement
Most of these items can be found at your local hardware store.
how to join metal gutters
As you probably already know, there are differences between joining metal and vinyl gutters. For example, metal gutters require two pieces to be overlapped and riveted together, while vinyl gutters are designed to snap together easily, but may require the use of caulking or gaskets to ensure a waterproof connection. If your house has metal gutters, follow these steps on how to join the gutters:
- measure. First, measure the full run of the required length of gutter. For homeowners with a straight gable roof, measure shingle by shingle and add ½ inch to each side for a slight overlap. then if you are measuring from the outside edge of the roof to an inside corner, subtract 5 inches to allow for the inside box miter. add 4 more inches to overall length to allow edges to overlap when joining pieces.
- cut. the first piece of gutter will probably be the full length. that may even work for the second and third pieces, but the last piece of gutter will need to be trimmed. you can use tin snips or a hacksaw to cut the piece(s).
- connect. connect the different gutter pieces and overlap the middle seams by 4 inches. use factory cut edges on the outside for the smoothest look.
- apply. use caulking where the two pieces fit together. be sure to use a tight seal so water doesn’t leak out.
- secure it. use stainless steel brackets or pop rivets to secure the gutters to the sides of the joined sections. remember that you should not put rivets in the lower part because they could cause the gutter to leak. then let the gutter sealant dry.
how to join vinyl gutter sections
As you may know, the process of joining gutter sections differs depending on whether they are vinyl or metal. For example, vinyl gutters are attached after hanging, while metal gutters are easier to install if they are assembled into the ground and then hung. If your home has vinyl gutters, follow these steps on how to join sections of gutters:
- measure. Using the same method you would for metal gutters, measure the number of gutters you’ll need. the difference is that you do not need to allow overlapping with vinyl gutters as the butt joints will join the edges.
- install. now, you can install the gutters. Hang the gutter sections as close together as you can when you come to a seam, bringing the ends together.
- Clean. once the gutters are installed, clean the seams with a rag dampened with isopropyl alcohol. also, remember to clean the inside of the gutter joint.
- apply. spread a liberal amount of caulking or plastic cement on the inside of the gutter joint pieces and on the edges of the gutter sections.
- join. position the joiner so that the seam is as close to its center as possible. then snap the joint firmly into place. repeat this step until all seams are joined.
Would you prefer to receive help from our team?
Even if you know how to join the gutters yourself, sometimes it’s easier to hire someone else or get someone to help you. our team at legacy service can certainly help with that. As a licensed roofing, siding, and window contractor, we are experienced in gutters and more than willing to help any homeowner in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
However, we do more than just replace and install gutters. If you need replacement services regarding roofing, siding, or windows and doors, you can contact our team for assistance. We’ve been helping homeowners achieve the exterior of their dreams since 2005. In fact, we’ve worked our way up to become one of the most reputable roofing, siding and window companies in local areas. Over the years, we’ve assembled and honed a team of experts who are dedicated to perfecting their craft.
If you’re looking for a combination of the highest-rated materials with the best possible service, turn to Legacy Service. Learn more about our home exterior services by calling us at 215-798-9790 or contact us here.