Installing a gutter yourself saves you money on roofing work. But to take care of such a task, it’s best to get informed. Wondering how to install an eavestrough like a professional? Our method explains everything there is to know, step by step.
All you need to know about gutter installation
If it is sometimes forgotten, the gutter is an essential part of the waterproofing of a roof. It is therefore important that it is perfectly installed so as to avoid any risk of water infiltration into the wall.
The problem? Having a craftsman install your gutter can cost several hundred euros. It may therefore be interesting to find out how to install the eavestroughs yourself.
Successful installation of a PVC gutter
If you want to install your eavestrough yourself, prefer to buy PVC models. A plastic eavestrough is much easier to handle and install than a zinc or steel model.
Here is our method for installing PVC eavestroughs:
- Prepare for installation: start by installing a stepladder or ladder under the roof. Ideally, two people should work together: one person holds the ladder, the other does the installation.
- Install the hooks: a gutter is fixed with hooks. Start by installing these hooks by following a slope of 5 mm per metre, all along your roof. This slope prevents water stagnation. You need to fix a hook every 40 centimetres or so, always respecting this slight slope.
- Installing the gutter: once your hooks have been installed, the gutter can be clipped on directly. Install all the elements of your gutter one by one, to ensure that it is watertight. Do not hesitate to follow the recommendations in the video below.
- Install the downspout: to finish, you need to install the downspout. It must be located two centimetres from the wall, and can be nested in the other gutter elements.
There are various PVC gutter accessories that can make your installation more efficient.
Rénovation & Travaux recommends in particular the “leaf stop”, which prevents the accumulation of leaves in your gutter, and therefore prevents it from being clogged.
Namely: when purchasing your PVC eavestrough, it is advisable to avoid entry-level models. These are known for their lack of durability.
How to install a zinc gutter?
The installation of a zinc gutter is more complex and requires more time and know-how, as you need to use welding equipment. This method is therefore not recommended for anyone who has never welded before. in this case, go through an eavestrough installation professional such as Surrey Guttering.
If you know enough about this type of work, here’s how to install it:
- Measure the gutter length: always following a slope of 5 mm per metre, measure the required gutter length.
- Install the hooks: as before, you will start by fixing or screwing the hooks at 40 centimetre intervals.
- Prepare the sections: thanks to your measurements, you can prepare the number of sections needed for your zinc gutter.
- Assemble the gutter: the zinc gutter is assembled joint by joint. Between each joint, use silicone putty to make it easier to glue.
- Weld the gutter: using your welding equipment, make dots all along the joint and assemble the gutter.
- Laying the gutter: once the gutter is prepared, you still need to lay it. It is best to have at least one person with you to do this.