If you’re a do it yourself kind of person, then here’s a home improvement project you can undertake: installing your own roofing gutters and downpipes. Working on your own roof is a huge job, but it’s also a huge expense to pay contractors to do it for you. And if you have the time and the energy to do it yourself, why not save a little money and learn something new in the process?
Step 1: Purchase Gutters
You can buy the equipment and materials you need for extremely cheap. Most hardware and home improvement stores will sell you the things you need, and even if there aren’t any in your area you can always find retailers online. In fact, if you check online directly you will probably be able to find the better deals, and you can often get them shipped to your home or pick them up as you prefer.
Step 2: Plan
Make an overview of how you want to put the gutters in, and how you think the downpipes should channel. This is extremely important, as without a plan you’re bound to make mistakes.
Step 3: Run Lines and Attach Brackets
After your plan is made, you can start to outline your intended gutter construction with lines. The layout lines will help you to see exactly where everything can go, and so take time to lay those out. Once they’re in place, put up the brackets into your fascia. Note the state of your fascias in case there is any deterioration or damage.
Step 4: Cut and Attach
You’ll need to cut the pipes to size and attach the end caps to them. You can do this in segments or all at once if you prefer. It would probably be best if you got a friend to help you out.
Once the pieces are cut and formed, you can use the brackets to connect the gutter to the wall. Once the gutter is connected, cut the downpipe holes into the places where you have chosen.
Step 5: Connect the Downpipes
Finally, you can connect the downpipes. The downspout is what will let out the water collected into the gutter, so be careful not to forget this step. Once everything is done, you can sit back and look at your job well done.
Of course, this job is much easier said than done, and while the explanation might take a few minutes, the whole process will take hours for you. But it’s worth it to save money and do the job right, instead of paying a whole bunch out of your wallet for something you can do yourself.