Getting Gutters Installed? This is What You Can Expect
Whether you’re in the process of building a new home or renovating your current one, one of the most important features of the home is a functional and properly installed guttering system.
A gutter system is one of the first lines of defence for your home. Defence might sound extreme, but it’s true. Your home needs protection from the weather elements, and your guttering system, along with its offsider, the roof, are there to provide that protection.
The roof catches the water and debris, while the gutters divert the water away from the house and keeps the structural integrity of the house intact.
If your gutters are not installed properly, this can lead to all sorts of problems. You could end up having gutters that break, split, come loose, sag, and even fall off, which is not only dangerous for your actual home, but also for those who occupy it.
Now, we’re not trying to scare you off or anything, we actually just want to talk to you about the gutter installation process and what you can expect when your home gets gutters installed.
So, if you’re curious about the gutter installation process keep reading.
The Gutter Installation Process
Installing gutters may differ slightly from guttering business to guttering business, but when you work with us here at Gutterline in Sydney, this is what you can expect.
Step One: Remove Any Existing Gutters
When we install a new guttering system, we first need to remove the old one – well that is when we’re installing gutters on an existing home, not a new build.
The old gutters need to be removed carefully to ensure there is no damage done to other areas of the home, like the eaves for example.
Prior to this step, we will have performed an inspection of the current guttering system to ensure a new guttering system is the right option for you.
When we remove the gutters, we will also be removing the current downpipes as well.
Step Two: Inspect for Structural Damage
Even though we work carefully to ensure there is no damage to your home, we need to thoroughly inspect the area again to make sure that is most certainly the case.
Sometimes minor damage can occur, or we might find that some of the fascia boards or other areas might have rot or damage. This can be common for particularly old homes.
It’s important to remember that your home is the foundation for your new guttering system and there is no point installing a guttering system to a damaged area as you’re just setting yourself up for disaster.
So, if there is damage this will need to be repaired and rectified. A lot of the time, this damage can be fixed by us, occasionally another team may need to step in but we will advise of this.
Once we know the home is damage free, we’re onto the next step.
Step Three: Time to measure
While we will have taken preliminary measurements when we quoted our installation services, now that the old gutters are off and we know exactly what we’re working with, we want to take some more precise measurements.
With the old gutters gone, we can accurately measure the exact size required of all areas of your gutters, how they should slope to the downpipes, and the angles of your gutters will need to be attached at.
The better the measurements are the smoother the installation process will be, so that’s why we will measure again and again and again.
These accurate measurements means that assembly and preparation of your new guttering system can get underway.
Step Four: Get those Gutters Up
Once all of your guttering materials are prepped and ready to go, it’s time to actually attach the new guttering system to your home.
This step usually requires a few of us to make sure it’s done safely and efficiently, but you would be surprised at how quickly it can actually be done. We can usually complete this process within the day.
We actually attach the gutters using special screws that are made to be able to handle the extra weight and pressure the gutters may be under, and they will keep your gutters in place.
Step Five: Attach the Downpipes
Now that you’ve got the gutters in place to catch the water from the roof, you need the part that drains the water away, which is the downpipes.
Our prep work means that this step usually doesn’t take too long, and depending on the size of the home or building we’re working on, there might only be one or two downpipes anyway.
Step Six: Gutter Tests and a Final Inspection
Now we just want to make sure that everything is in the right place and is working as it should be. So we will do a thorough inspection and potentially run some tests to make sure that your gutters are securely installed and actually going to do their job.
We might hose some water onto your roof to test them out and we will likely take some pictures here and there to make sure we’ve covered everything.
Step Seven: We Do a Clean Up
Don’t worry, we were very well taught to leave things how we found them when we were growing up, so once we’ve got the new gutters installed, we will do a clean up around the place. We’ll make sure that we pack up any equipment, remove your old gutters and fixtures, and ensure the yard is exactly how we found it when we got started.
Are you looking for a gutter installation expert?
If you’re in the need for a new guttering system for your home or building in Sydney, then give us a call here at Gutterline. We offer a wide range of guttering services all over Sydney, and with more than 20 years of experience, we know what your gutters need.
Once we’ve installed your gutters we can even help you keep them clean and working properly with our gutter cleaning and maintenance services. So, for your guttering needs in Sydney call Gutterline.