Moisture can be the enemy to your home, but a properly installed and maintained gutter system will protect it from water damage in Ireland.
The maintenance, clear gutters of debris at least twice a year-spring and November-ish are good choices. Remove leaves, straw and other debris by hand, and then rinse through with a garden hose for that extra clean, trying to rinse debris down the gutters can block the down pipes. A screening system can save you a lot of time by keeping debris out of your gutters.
How to install your gutters, the Steps…
To find out how much material you’ll need, add the lengths of fascia along the roof, taking the measurements from the outer edges of the tiles/slates. Mark the measurements as you go. Finally, measure and add the heights from the ground to the roof in the locations where the down pipes will go.
If you’re replacing an existing guttering system in dublin, once the old system is removed check for rot along the fascia board. If there’s damage, you will have to replace the fascia board.
Drive a nail into the fascia at one end of the gutter-run about an ½-inch below the top of the fascia. Stretch a mason’s line from the nail. To properly align the slope, drop one end of the line a ¼-inch for each 25 feet of fascia length; mark that point with a pencil. Snap a chalk line from the marks to show where the top of the gutter will be attached. Remember: Pitch longer runs toward an outlet at either end, as opposed to just one end. The gutters should always be away from the front valleys and toward the corners.
Lay gutters on the ground as a model for how they will go on the fascia. Use tin snips to cut the gutters to length, if needed. Smooth the sharp aluminum edges with a file. Apply gutter-seam sealant to the gutter section that requires an end cap, to prevent leaking.
From the end of the fascia, use hidden fasteners to attach the end-cap gutter. Slip hidden fasteners into the gutters, and screw the gutter into the fascia with a drill and screws.
Using a chalk line to keep the gutters flush with the slope of the roof, attach the down-pipe outlet to the fascia with the power drill. Continue this process with gutter sections. Hidden fasteners are placed every 24 inches along the gutter run to add support. When two pieces of gutter come together, use a gutter connector on the exterior seam and gutter sealant on the interior to prevent leaks.
Attaching a down-pipet, assemble the elbow and a short length of downpipe to carry the run to the wall. Anchor the down-pipe to the wall with two brackets, one near the top of the wall and the other just above foundation level of your house. Attach another elbow joint at the bottom of the downspout to divert water away from the foundation. Place a splash guard under it to keep water from eroding the soil.