How to Reinforce Your Gutters

Posted on: 5 October 2016

If have exposed gutters that are attached to the fascia boards, you need to make sure the wood is in good condition. The fascia board is usually the first thing to wear down and show signs of age. Because it faces outward, it is exposed to the sun and moisture. If the fascia is worn down, there is a good chance that your gutters will also look old and not be able to hold and divert water. Usually, the only way to repair a loose or sagging gutter is to remove it and then fix the fascia wood. This article explains the process and what tools work best.

Removing the Gutters

First, you should clean the gutters out before removing them. Also, make sure they are as dry as possible. You don't want the individual gutter sections to be too heavy to carry. Since you will be up on a ladder, this can be a bit dangerous. The gutters are attached to the brackets with a small mounting screw. Once this screw is loosened to a certain point, you will be able to pop the gutter right out of the bracket. However, you will also want to completely remove the brackets if you notice that the wood around them is rotted or warped. If the screws are strongly secured into the wood, you should leave them be.

Repairing the Wood

The key to repairing fascia is to use exterior wood putty. Fill in any holes and parts of the wood where the wood grains are separated. This is usually a result of water damage. But, if you patch it right away, you can prevent the problem from becoming too severe. If the board is just falling apart, you might just need to replace the entire piece of fascia. This is obviously inconvenient, but fascia board is cheap, easy to paint, and available at most home improvement stores.

In fact, repainting the board is one of the most important parts of the job. Make sure you prime any spots that you patch. It is probably smart to prime and paint the entire piece of fascia. Exterior paint is waterproof, so it can protect your wood. for the long haul.

Finally, you just need to reattach the gutters. Before you do, it is smart to thoroughly clean them to ensure efficient water flow. If you remove any brackets, reinstall them a few inches away from where they were before. You don't want to drill into the old holes, even if you patched them.