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Gutter: assemble (attach) & sealThe gutter performs a very important task on a building, because it directs rainwater, snow and meltwater to the ground.
If this were not to happen, it could cause very serious damage to the building fabric and the façade of a house. Since such damage not only entails additional costs but, in the worst case, can also make a building completely uninhabitable, it is important to install a gutter.
It depends not only on the choice of the right material, gutters are made of zinc, copper, plastic and other metallic compounds, but also on the professional assembly and sealing of the individual elements. How a gutter is mounted and sealed depends on the material.
Install and seal the plastic gutter
Plastic gutters are the easiest way to attach a gutter to the house. First, the gutter brackets are mounted according to manufacturer's instructions, with a slight slope is taken into account. Then the individual elements of the gutter are screwed into the brackets, whereby it must be ensured that the elements are placed next to each other perfectly in the given connector systems.
A gutter made of plastic does not need to be glued and welded, because it is simply plugged into each other. This also means that no special seal must be created.
The individual parts of a system are like this
coordinated with each other, that already with the one inside a perfect seal is given. This is not only a huge relief, but also reduces the costs immensely.
Mount and seal a zinc or copper gutter
The installation and sealing of a zinc gutter are very similar to a copper gutter. It is crucial to know at this point that this soldering work must be carried out. Not
every DIY enthusiast can automatically solder and if you've never done this job before, it's unthinkable to gain your first experience on something as important as a gutter.
Here you should rather take the extra cost into account and install a gutter and zinc or copper by a specialist, or at least to be soldered. However, anyone who has ever soldered and also has the necessary work materials and tools can also solder the individual elements of the gutter themselves.
In any case, you can do the preparatory work yourself. For example, in the case of a gutter made of zinc or copper, gutter brackets must first be fitted to the roof. In this then the individual elements of the gutter are fixed. This is usually done according to the individual specifications of the manufacturer.
Soldering comes into play for the sealing of a metal gutter. For this purpose, the individual parts must overlap ten to 15 millimeters. The flux is then applied to this overlap with a brush.
Now, the soldering iron is heated to a working temperature of 250 degrees Celsius, placed on the overlap and melted off the solder in the required amount. It is essential to work with a constant pressure to ensure that the seam becomes uniform and, above all, stable.
Following this, the residues of the flux are removed by using a damp cloth. From a purely visual point of view, embellishment can be achieved by using a special care oil to remove the excess flux.
As mentioned, the soldering and thus the perfect sealing of the gutter are not so easy and require a little practice. But if they are carried out professionally, you have with the acquisition of a gutter of zinc or copper made a purchase for life.