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How To Replace A Gutter?

Aug 4


Do you know how to replace a gutter? Replacing a gutter is not an easy task as it requires hiring gutter experts. Modifying standard gutter systems can make gutters stronger and more attractive. Reduce joints, assemble strong seams that look sleek, and add roof flashing, so water flows where it belongs.

In this guide, we’ll learn in detail what tools are required for replacing a gutter. What materials are required? What is the process of replacing a gutter? 

Tools required

Here are some tools that are necessary for replacing a gutter: 

  • Cordless drill
  • Crimper
  • Duckbill Tin Snips
  • Extension ladder
  • Hex head driver
  • Offset tin snips
  • Pop rivet gun

Materials Required

Here is the list of materials that are used for replacing a gutter:

  • 1/4 inch self-tapping hexagonal head screws
  • 1/4" Hex Head Screws ('Zippers')
  • 1/8-in. Medium length rivets
  • Downspouts
  • Elbows
  • Gutter
  • Flashing of the Gutter
  • Gutter hanging strap
  • Gutter sealant

Replacing A Gutter Step By Step

Here’s the complete guide of replacing a gutter in a professional way: 


The Gutter can be cut.

  • It is much easier to join sections from the ground than to work from the top on a ladder.
  • Instead of gluing and covering parts with a seam wrap, lap all seams between two to four inches.
  • Use tin snips to cut the sides.
  • Bend the Gutter and trim the bottom.

Do not forget the Gutter.

To join a rain gutter section to an outside or inside corner, cut a 2-inch long notch in its front lip.

Pro tip: Use a four-inch notch to overlap and join gutter sections.

Take the sections together.

  • Place a 1-1/2-inch bead of gutter sealant around the corner, back from the edge.
  • Attach the corner's front lip to the Gutter, and then snap it onto it.

Rivet the Sections

  • Six rivets are required to join the Gutter to the corner.
  • Begin by drilling a 1/8 in for 1/8-in. HolesHoles, drill a hole. rivets) in the Gutter's front and then installing the first rivet using the rivet gun.
  • Drill the rest of the holes and then install the rivets.

Caulk the Seam

  • Apply gutter sealant to the seams of the rain gutter.
  • Apply a small amount of sealant to each rivet.

After Replacing Gutters, Maintenance is the key to long-lasting Gutters.

  • You can clean your gutters once a year or hire a company that specializes in gutter cleaning maintenance.
  • This will extend the life of your gutters and solve problems such as clogged downspouts or backed-up gutters.

How to remove gutters

  • To determine if screws, nails, or rivets are required to be removed from gutters, examine them carefully. To pull out nails, use the pry bar and hammer. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws. Drill out rivets if they are present.
  • First, remove downspouts. After you remove them from your house, don't let their weight drag on the gutters.
  • The downspout should be disconnected from the elbow under the gutter drop outlet.
  • Remove the downspout wall straps from your house and pull them away.
  • Although the hardware that holds gutters to the roof is different in design, all attachment systems are very simple. To remove brackets and other mounting hardware, use a screwdriver/hammer. A partner can help you hold the pieces steady while you work on them.
  • Repair holes where brackets were removed.
  • Apply caulk to the vinyl surface and smoothen it with your finger.
  • Use a putty knife to apply wood putty on wood surfaces with holes.
  • If desired, paint over the patched areas.

Is it Easy to replace gutters?

Gutter Replacement isn't as hard as other home improvements. Many homeowners opt to do it themselves. Although there are many benefits to installing a gutter yourself, it is still a good idea to hire a professional gutter expert