Add a touch of elegance to your home this spring by installing copper gutters. If the metal gutters on your home are starting to rot away and letting the rain drip down the front of your home, then it's time to take the old gutters down and replace them with new ones. This is a good time to add long-lasting gutters that require minimal maintenance while making your home look better. Copper gutters typically last for a hundred years or more and are fairly easy to install on the fascia boards on your house. Fascia boards cover the ends of the rafters so you don't see gaps when you look up at the roof line, and they are also used to attach gutters to the house. Here is how you can hang copper gutters on your home.
Determine Slope of Gutters
Brackets are used to attach the gutters to your house, but before you can install the brackets, you have to determine the slope of the gutters so the water flows in the direction of the downspouts you'll install after you hang the gutters.
Start at the far end of the fascia board from where you'll eventually be installing the downspout and determine where you want to place the first bracket. This will typically be a couple of inches below the roof line. Tap a nail into that spot to hold a piece of string. Now go to the other end of the fascia board where you'll install the downspout. You want a slope of at least a ¼" for every 10 feet of gutter. So if your gutter is going to be 40 feet long, you'll want a slope of one inch. If you started two inches below the roof line on the far side of the gutter, you'll want to tap a nail in the fascia board 3 inches down from the roof line so the gutters have a proper slope. Tighten the string around the second nail to remove any sagging in the string between the two nails.
Attach Brackets to Fascia Board
Copper gutters are held onto the house using thick brackets that wrap around underneath the gutters. The brackets are screwed into fascia boards where they meet the rafters for extra strength. Locate where every other rafter meets the fascia board and make a mark with a pencil along the string line. Putting a bracket at every rafter is not needed, but you also don't want to go beyond every second rafter or the gutter may not be strong enough to hold up during heavy rains and snow melts.
You should drill a sinkhole for the screws you'll use to hang the brackets at every mark. Then place screw hole on the end of the bracket directly over the sink hole. Attach the bracket the fascia board by drilling screws through the end of the brackets and into the end of the rafters.
Set the gutters into the brackets. Bend the bracket so it wraps around the front rim of the gutter and screw it in place using self-tapping copper screws.
You should solder all the seams where two lengths of copper gutter meet and around the caps at the ends of the gutters to close any openings where the water could drain out of the gutters and down the side of your house. Take a propane torch and a roll of solder. Place the tip of the solder string against the seams and melt it with the propane torch to seal the seams. Make sure you only solder the seams from inside the gutters. Be careful to not overheat the copper or it could melt.
If you need help, contact a company like Mitchell Roofing.
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