Sunday Morning Tip for Feb 16: How to Install Gutters That Keep Out Leaves and Debris

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for Feb 16:</span> How to Install Gutters That Keep Out Leaves and Debris
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    Although they may not be the first thing that you notice when looking at a home, gutters are a very important part of protecting the outside of your home.


They collect rainwater that drains down over the shingles and diverts it away from the side of your home. From time to time, the build-up of leaves and outside debris can hinder your gutter system. Here are some solutions to installing gutters that keep these problems at bay.

Deciding on the Right Gutters for Your Home

There are many choices out there when it comes to residential gutters. When looking at how they attach to the home, you have various options. You can opt for gutters with a roof apron, gutter truss, or traditional mounting brackets. Each one has its own benefits and the gutter system that you opt for using will likely come with one of these attachment solutions already installed.

To keep excess leaves and debris out of your gutters, you’ll want to purchase a gutter system with a leaf-guard. Some of these come as a traditional gutter with a snap-on cap while others come in one big piece.

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The Importance of Your Gutter System

You must think of all the gutters on your home as part of one big system. The whole concept of these gutter systems is to keep excess rainwater from running down the side of your home. This will not only lead to premature wear and tear on the exterior surface of your home but it can cause massive erosion to the soil.

This soil is what holds your home in place. If left exposed without gutters for too long, the rainwater will erode the soil around your home’s foundation and lead to issues like water damage and a shifting foundation.

Measure Out the Size of Gutters You’ll Need

Now, since you know the importance of having gutters, it’s time to measure out the lengths that you need. Take a look at the locations of your home where the water will be running off of the roof. At each of these locations, you’ll need to place a gutter.

Measure the length of the roof ledge from side to side where the drain-off will occur. Depending on the gutters that you purchase, you may have to special order them or you can simply cut them to size.

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Attach Your Gutters

Once you have gutters that are the correct size for your necessary gutter locations, it’s time to install them. Depending on the type of gutter system that you chose to purchase, there are various installation methods.

If your system comes with a mounting bracket, then you’ll need to screw in the mounting bracket to the fascia board on your home. If your gutter system has a roof apron, then you’ll need to lift the last row of shingles and install the apron onto the flat roof surface.

Installing gutters isn’t too difficult to do as long as you have a clear idea of what’s required. The above four steps will help you along your way. Just be sure to choose a gutter system that has a leaf-guard so that you won’t have to worry about cleaning out your gutters each year.

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Brook Chaplan

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan