HOW-TO-CENTER

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

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  • Gutters control roof runoff, protecting your home’s foundation from erosion damage.
  • Gutters prevent water damage to exterior walls and basements.
  • Gutters add value to your home.

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  • You should check your gutters every Spring and Fall for clogs, leaks and gutter pulling away from the house.

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Start with the “Gutter Installation Sheet,” It explains:

  • Gutter System components
  • How to measure
  • How to install

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Other names for gutters (eavestroughs) and downspouts (leaders).

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  • Gutters formed at the jobsite from a continuous piece of metal, cut to the required length.
  • Seamless gutter is the same profile as stick gutter.

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  • Pre-formed gutter sections; typically sold in 10′ lengths.
  • May also be available in 16′, 21′ and longer lengths.

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Not recommended. Mixing metals can cause a “galvanic reaction” between the metals, leading to corrosion and premature component failure.

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Minimum slope of ¼” for every 10′ of gutter.

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Recommend one downspout per 20′ of gutter. Larger roof areas and/or heavy-rainfall areas may require more downspouts.

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Two for every 10′ of downspouts.

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A hacksaw or tin snips will work very well.

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  • There are many options. The best one for you depends on where you live and the construction style of your home. Consult an installation professional to determine the best option for you.
  • The easiest option is to use a hidden hanger with screw. This is an all-in-one hanger that is easily installed, resists loosening over time, provides a hanging solution that is invisible from ground level and is easily maintained.

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  • Aluminum gutters require SeamerMate® sealant on all seams. Typical usage is ½ oz. per seam.
  • Vinyl gutter connections are self sealing; they don’t require any additional sealant.

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  • A (Front) elbows direct water forward or back from the gutter outlet.
  • B (Side) elbows direct water left or right from the gutter outlet.

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  • There are lots of easy-to-install options to keep leaves and debris out.
  • Popular choices include strainers and plastic or metal gutter guards and covers.

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  • Both aluminum and steel gutters can be painted. The most important step is to be sure the gutter surface is properly prepared. Use a surface prep solution like Wil-Bond™ to assure proper paint adhesion.
  • Consult your local painting professional for the right type of paint for your gutter system.
  • Vinyl gutters should not be painted.

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Amerimax Home Products warrants to the original consumer purchaser all materials to be free from defects in material and workmanship at time of purchase. Warranty applies only if materials are installed and maintained according to Amerimax’s recommended practices and installation instructions.

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Amerimax products are carried in many leading home centers and hardware retailers throughout the United States and Canada.