A home gutter is one of the few items that need to be taken care of in a home. The situation becomes a little more demanding, especially for a modular home. This means that as a modular homeowner your gutter takes priority in all your general maintenance tasks. So far there are several types of modular home gutters with the main ones being vinyl, aluminum, and sectional vs. seamless gutters. So when you shop for these gutters you should understand the following.
It is important to note if you are on a tight budget then Vinyl gutters may be the best option considering they are the most cost-effective in the market and come in a wide range of colors. The vinyl gutters are anything between $3 and $9 per Sq.ft and that depends on quality, the place you are buying it from and the size of the vinyl gutter. However, even as you shop for vinyl gutters understand that they are renowned for growing brittle over time especially after exposure to extreme weather or exposure to summer and winter climates over a long period of time. Therefore, it will only be a matter of time before the gutter starts spilling rainwater through cracks.
On the other hand, you can still consider the aluminum gutters which are not only cost-effective but are rust-proof, weather-resistant, come in a wide range of colors and will hold paint very well (an attribute that does not favor vinyl gutters). The gutters are anything between $5 to $9 per sq.ft depending on the quality, size, and place you are buying it from. This is also one of the few gutters that can be offered as seamless gutters however, the only drawback of aluminum gutter is that they lose shape with time especially if one used secondary aluminum materials. So as you shop for these gutters ask for primary aluminum gutters.
Sectional vs Seamless Gutters
Otherwise, for sectional vs seamless gutters, the seamless gutters should take precedence because when compared to sectional gutters the seamless gutters will require little or no maintenance since they do not have joints that wear out with time as it is with sectional gutters. The seamless gutters cost anything between $3 and $5 and this depends on quality, size and the place you will be buying it from.
The next issue is how to install or replace modular home gutters.
What Do You Need?
Prior to installation, some or all of the following tools and gutter parts\hardware that should be present include: downspouts, end caps, connectors, leaf guards mounting straps, seamers, hanging brackets, elbows and Silicone sealant, String, Line level, Short sheet metal screws, Pencil, Pliers, Combination square, Tape measure, Tin snips, Power drill and bits, Center punch, Jigsaw, File and Ladder.
Once you have all these items in place then the installation or replacement process should not be so difficult.
Gutter Installation Steps
1) The first step is to calculate the slope of your roof using a line level and a string. Makes sure that you make a drop of a 1/4 inch after every 10 ft distance, then mark these measurements under the eaves using a pencil.
2) Measure all the sides of your modular home and for seams on each side of your home makes sure you reduce them by 1/4 inch. After that mark all the pieces of the gutter and at appropriate lengths where you will use the combination square to expand the mark around the whole gutter. Then cut them using the tin snips at their various lengths.
3) The next step is attaching the gutters where you will attach the hanging brackets 6 inches from each end and after every 16 – 24 inches along the modular home gutter.
4) You will use the ladder and #8 1 1/2 screws to screw the hanging brackets and just below the sleeves.
5) The other step is cutting the downspouts where after choosing where you would like the downspout you will cut a hole by tracing the hole using the pencil. Then punch the four corners using the center punch on places you would like the downspout. For the remaining area cut using a jigsaw and file the edges using a file. Insert the gutter sleeve inside the gutter and use the sealant to line the lip. The cut the downspout to your desired measurement.
6) The last step is connecting the gutters where you will ensure they fit properly. Then at the final portion of the gutter, place a cap and use your pliers to crimp the edges. The wrap around the downspout and then screw the bands to the walls. To ensure that the gaps on the gutter are well-sealed use a watertight sealant on seamer pieces.