Rain gutters are remarkably beneficial, and keep your home's foundation in good shape. Downspouts and rain gutters carry, and collect rainwater, lessening any possible structural issues, deterioration, landscape erosion, and basement flooding. Without gutters, you could have some severe water-related matters on your hands. In this article, we'll teach you how to install rain gutters accurately while roofing to preserve your house from water damage.
Installing rain gutters without any assistance may save you money, but there are a few pitfalls that you should be informed of before installing them yourself.
First, examine the soffit and fascia for signs of rotted wood. Replace or repair the soffit and fascia before you put up your gutters if there is any indication of rotting before moving forward. If this step isn't looked over, your gutters will continue to collect more debris and fill up with rainwater; causing the gutters to fall apart. After thoroughly inspecting, measure the length of where the gutters run and mark the downspout locations. Followed by measuring the height of the downspouts.
After planning and measuring, be sure to gather the right materials, and tools including:
Once you've gathered all of your tools and materials, you are now ready to begin cutting the back and front surfaces of the gutter with tin snips. If you don't have tip snips, you can use a roofing hatchet, and a roofing knife. Once you cut all of the gutters, smooth out the razor-sharp edges with a file. Don't forget to have outlet holes for where the downspout tubes will go. For safety precautions, we recommend combining the gutters, and downspouts while on the ground.
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After cutting and adjoining each rain gutter, you're fully prepared to install rain gutters on your home. Start off by using a chalk line along the roofline as a reference to level off the gutter. Keep in mind when hanging it up with any roof brackets, to mount them at approximately every 18 to 24-inches. Then attach any gutter end caps to the fascia board. You'll need your drill, and hex head screws to keep them stabilized. When connecting any downspouts add an elbow at the top, and bottom. Then attach some more gutter tubes to keep any water away from the foundation of the house. Every elbow, and hole that connects gutter materials must have sealant applied to prevent any leaks from occurring. Then you're all set!
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Ripping off stubborn shingles can be a tiresome, all-day task for roofers. Whether you are pulling up an entire roof or just a smaller section, a shingle remover can make your job much more efficient. Jack the Ripper Shingle Remover takes all of the tough work out of your roof replacement, by quickly cutting through even the most difficult shingle materials. Lightweight and with an 8-inch serrated blade, this shingle remover can get the job done.
The Jack the Ripper Shingle Remover provides over 48 inches of leverage to make the load easier on your legs and back. Have our roofing tools work with you and make your job easier. Equipped with a steel handle and poly-D grip for maximum comfort and control, this shingle ripper cuts through heavy-duty shingles and stubborn materials to cleanly and completely remove the entire shingle. The sleek design ensures no nails or shingle remnants are left behind. Reshingle your roof in no time at all. This is a roofing tool to have handy at every job site.
When to replace your roof is almost just as important as how to do it. Repairing commercial roofs can be costly, but there are benefits to doing it either in parts or all at once as a total roofing job. Sometimes maintenance jobs require little involvement. Replacing shingles or flashing repair can be relatively quick, inexpensive and can add years to the life of your roof. A partial reroof is also an option and can save you thousands of dollars and instead of redoing the entire thing. If your roof is still relatively young and still has a sound structure to it, the partial re-roof is the route to take. However, when the patch jobs become too many, or the damage is more severe, a complete re-roof might be the route to take. This can be extremely expensive but might be the only option. Another way to save money is roofing over your existing roof. This is a quick and easy choice, because there is no demolition. Consider both carefully before tackling your next roofing project.
The key to a partial re-roof is to know when it's appropriate. Patching and spot maintenance can add as much as 10-15 years to the life of a younger roof. Partial jobs typically cost more per section, because there is more room for error and sometimes additional labor is required. You will still be paying much less when comparing your rates to an entire roofing project. Sometimes the previous roofing layer will need to be removed. A shingle remover is a great commercial roofing tool to take off the layers when you rip the existing one up. If you choose to roof over the existing shingles, it can create a lopsided effect and sections will need to be built up and possibly covered with a ridge cap. This will help the new roof blend into the other sections. It is important to match it as closely as possible, as customers don't want to see the repair job stand out.
Repairs and partial re-roofs can extend the life of your roof for many years. However, if your entire roof is creeping up on its life-expectancy; it is a better call to choose the total roof replacement option. This is a better long-term investment, so you don't have to opt for another partial commercial roofing job a few years after you've already done one.
It is important to pay attention to what your roof is telling you, regarding longevity. If you see dark spotting or loose flashing, these could be signs the roof’s age is catching up with it. Excessive water spots can sometimes spread and cause mold issues, which of course can weaken your roof tremendously. Make sure trees are out of the way, and your roof has adequate sunlight to dry quickly. Also, ensure that your drainage system is working properly and pooling water off the surface and away from your house. A dry roof is key to avoiding mold and moss, which can structurally weaken and rot your roof. Any fungus can cause detrimental issues to your roof structure.
Be sure to keep your flashing tightly sealed and gutters secure. The less room for water to get into the crevices, the better. Sometimes, branches can damage shingles and cause openings for water to get into and not dry properly. The tighter your seams are, and the more secure your gutters are, the less chance there is for heavy rain to get into spaces and cause harm. As always, the best maintenance for your roof is prevention. Keeping your roof secure, clean and well-maintained will ensure you get the proper lifespan out of your commercial roof.