The right Screws for the job – installing guttering

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Very old buildings do not always have the rainwater systems we are used to seeing as standard on most new homes and other types properties. Of course, during the renovation of a very old house, new gutters are usually installed by the builders but fitting rainwater gutters on old buildings can often be a very tricky and expensive process depending on the type of rainwater system chosen.

The most popular and efficient downpipes and gutters come in either cast iron or aluminium. These are easy to fit because these are available in so many different dimensions and lengths so usually fit every requirement. The very first thing do before installing a guttering system is to measure the slope length of the eaves. Doing this will ensure that you only by the quantity and size you need.

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Fitting aluminium gutters

Aluminium gutters are probably the most popular choice because they are slightly cheaper than cast iron gutters. After choosing your aluminium gutter, measure it again and cut it to match the eaves of your house. After cutting the gutter, attach the gutter parts to brackets that are placed to the eaves and are attached to the gutter to provide stability. Once the gutter itself is installed, then place the downspout in the correct position.

The gutter pipe does not usually come with a hole for a downspout, so you will have to cut out a square hole yourself. It is probably best to do a test fit of the downspout before the final assembly of it. Once you are happy that everything fits together than secure it all in place with screws and brackets.

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Once the whole rainwater system is fitting well together, install leaf guards to prevent clogging of your brand new rain gutter with leaves and other types of litter.

Fit the guttering brackets properly

The key to fitting guttering is to fit the brackets properly. The whole system literally hangs off the brackets, so they have to be secure. If the brackets are not fitted using high quality screws, they will come loose and the guttering will begin to move and twist. In no time at all the guttering will start to come apart at the joints.

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Always use galvanised screws

You need screws that can stand up to damp conditions and not rust. It is always best to invest in stainless steel screws.

The right length

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Guttering is battered by the wind. It expands and shrinks in the cold and heat, which means the screws that hold the brackets in place are under a whole lot of pressure. You need fairly long screws to make sure that the brackets stay in place 30mm is about right for the guttering. Go longer for the downpipe.

Don’t scrimp on the screws

Fitting guttering is not a great job. You are working at height, so have to be very careful and often you feel cold or too hot, so it is tempting to get it over and done. It is tempting to just put one screw in instead of three. Whatever you do, resist the temptation and put the three screws in. This is the best way to make sure you do not end up having to go back up the ladder a year later to fix your guttering when it works its way loose.