Vinyl siding is a material that is used to clad the exterior part of a certain structure like your house or a building. It is a popular alternative to regular wood or cement due to its redeeming factors that builders truly love. It is made out of plastic (particularly from Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC) and it is available in a wide variety of colors that can easily copy any kind of wood or cement surfaces. The colors are already baked through the plastic so painting is not required at all. It is very durable, easy to install and weather-proof. It is so easy to maintain that you only need to wash it once a year! You do not need to worry about rot, paint peels and manifestation of insects. Hanging gutters on vinyl siding can be a bit tricky but not impossible. There are certain things that you need to look out for. Due to the chemical composition of vinyl, it literally expands and shrinks as the weather warms and cools down. It is important that before you even try to add something on the sidings, make sure that it is properly installed to avoid twisting. So how can you hang gutters on your vinyl sidings? It is amazingly easy! Here's how to do it.
- Angle it right. All gutters need to be positioned at a certain angle to ensure that the down sprout is completely sealed within. Measure the length of the location where you will be putting the gutters by starting on the overhang down to the furthest point of the down sprout. Put in a mark on the half part of the said length. Now put a mark every ten feet or so. You can use any kind of chalk for the markings.
- A ground assembly. It is crucial that you only purchase vinyl gutters to match your vinyl sidings. Before you start attaching the gutters, it is very important that you assemble it first on the ground. This way, you can familiarize yourself on how it will work as you start installing it on the sides.
- Get help! It is vital that you start putting your gutters properly in place with the help of a loved one or a friend. You cannot do this alone. Your assistant will help you hold the gutter in place as you start screwing the hanging hooks. Make sure that you follow the chalk markings.
- Start at the end. Attach the end parts of the vinyl gutters first. As soon as it is secured and tight, connect the remaining parts until you reached the middle. If you want to have additional outlets, just use elbow gutters to easily divert the inline sprout on a different direction.
Since you will be climbing up and down on ladders, it is very important that you wear flat soled shoes, preferably rubber to ensure better friction. This will prevent you from slipping and from dangerously falling down. If you are afraid of heights, automatically hire a professional or ask the help of your loved one or friend. Like vinyl sidings, vinyl gutters have some special instructions that you need to follow mainly because it also widens and contracts with the weather. Make sure that you always read the manual that came with the gutter that you have bought just so you are sure that you are not missing out on anything. Just follow these very effective steps and you will soon have a contemporary result on the exterior of your home. Good luck and have fun!