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How To Install Your New Guttering

Your current guttering has seen better days, and it’s time to get it replaced. This job seems complicated, but it’s actually really easy to do yourself.

If you need some help, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to replace your gutters, step by step.

Before installation

Installing guttering by yourself - tips from Kents Direct

Before you buy your gutters, you need to keep a few things in mind. First of all, there’s several different styles of gutter, so you’ll need to pick which one is best for your home.

Also, you may want to buy a guard to stop debris falling into the gutters once they’re installed.

Finally, think about where that water is being redirected. Is it going into a drain or on the ground?

You can also have it drain directly into a water butt, if you want to save cash on water bills in your garden.

Step one: Fix your first bracket on the fascia board just below the roof line, on the opposite side on where the running outlet will be.

Step two: Fix another bracket at the other end of the fascia board, where the running outlet will be. Position it lower, so there will be a difference of 1 centimeter for each 3.5 meter along the board.

Step three: Now those brackets are in place, tie a length of string between them, and tie it off so it’s taut. Then, use a spirit level to ensure that there’s a slight downhill gradient between them. The bubble should be slightly off centre.

Step four: Now the two end brackets are in place, you can start fixing the rest of the brackets in. Position them every 1m along the length of the gutter run. Position them so the string just touches the inner edge of the bracket, where the guttering will sit.

Step five: Now your brackets are in place, measure the entire length of the gutter run. Then, measure out the right amount of piping to fit in it. If you need two or more pieces, they can be jointed together.

Step six: Cut any lengths of guttering with a hacksaw, if necessary. File the ends so they are smooth, and then clip them into place onto the brackets.

Step seven: At the running outlet, use an offset bend to direct water downwards towards your drains. Cut your downpipe to length, and then fix brackets along the wall to hold it in place. Add a downpipe shoe, if required.

Step eight: Now everything is in place, pour a bucket of water into the high end and check that it all runs back out. Make sure that it all ends up in the drain, and there are no leaks in any of the joins.

And there you have it. It really is much easier than you’d think to fit your own guttering!

If you need supplies, Kents Building Plastics have everything you need to get started. If you have any questions, our friendly staff will be there to give you a helping hand.