Are you searching for DIY renovations to improve your home? Fall is the best time for all your DIY home projects since the weather is perfect. You could upgrade or overhaul your gutters and give your home a new look. There are professionals who do gutter cleaning, repairs, and installment, but you can do it yourself.
Clean your gutters, test them for leaks, and reinstall your gutter guards as your weekend DIY projects. You readily get all the materials at roofing supply stores near your home.
4 DIY Gutter Renovations for the Weekend
If your gutters are full of debris, schedule a weekend to clean them manually. You need to remove leaves, pollen, and dirt from your gutter. They strain and block your guttering system resulting in moisture damage in your home.
Cleaning your gutters is a simple process that requires a ladder, a hose, and some gloves. The time you take cleaning depends on your home layout. Use a safe and sturdy ladder for safety as you clean.
The process involves scrubbing grime, moss, and stuck muddy patches. You require a rigid brush and cleaning products designed for your gutter’s materials, such as vinyl, aluminum, and steel. According to experts, spot test your cleaning products in a small area to ensure they do not react with your gutter material.
Test your gutters and downspouts for any leaks, rust, or holes. Find the best and safest place to set up your ladder to access the gutters. Work from the lowest position possible and find someone to help you for your safety.
Turn your hose on and situate it long enough to reach the spot you place your ladder. Fix the hose on the guttering system and make it steady using duct tape. If you have someone helping you, they hold the hose as you check for leaks in your gutter.
Walk across your home perimeter, checking for any water running down the walls or holes in the guttering system. You move the hose with you to ensure all corners are checked.
Use a torch to inspect dark corners. If you spot any rusted areas or leaks, mark them and note the issue you discover. This is helpful when repairing the gutter.
If you discover any leaks in your guttering system, do not panic. Most of the areas are repaired quickly. Get patching kits from your local hardware store to aid in the repair process.
Gutter Supply experts would recommend using aluminum flashing if you have aluminum gutters. Use a metal patch repair kit if your gutter is made of other metals, such as steel and vinyl. Different patching repair kits are applied with roofing cement. Apply the kit and add another layer of cement for extra protection.
Use silicone sealant to seal a seam or crack in any gutter material. Silicone sealants dry instantly, making them effective in case of summer rainstorms or fall showers.
If only a section of your gutter looks entirely rusted and dented, only replace the damaged area. Measure the gutter section, cut it out and replace it with a new one. Use Vinyl, Copper, and Aluminum downspouts and gutters to replace any rusted areas as they last longer and don’t easily rust.
If most sections of your guttering system are rusted and leak water, it is time to replace the entire system. Always work with someone for safety and assistance installing the gutters. Wear protective clothing, including don gloves, non-slip shoes, and safety goggles.
Use gutter sealants for reinstallation, and avoid using caulk. Sealants are more elastic and water resistant, while the caulk is rigid and prone to shrinking, making it less effective.
Start the reinstallation by marking the gutter slope on the fascia (the flat board where the gutter is mounted) and the downspout area on the gutter. With all the positions clear, mount the gutter and add some end caps on each side of the gutter.
With your gutter in place, install gutter guards to prevent the accumulation of leaves and other debris in your gutter. Experts recommend investing in good quality gutter covers to protect your quality gutters.
You install the gutter guards by sliding them on top of your gutters. They easily slot into place. As a DIY lover, you will enjoy installing the gutters guards.
You don’t have to be bored all weekend. Try out simple DIY renovations to maintain or improve your home’s value. You could clean your gutters, test them for any leaks or rust or completely replace them. You should replace old gutters with aluminum, vinyl, or steel gutters that last long and do not rust easily.
Enjoy your time at home!