In Part 6 we talked about the machine used by Roland, our gutter replacement dude, as well as most eavestrough installation firms.
Today, we have another decision to make according to Ronald. Do we want the pre-constructed corners or not? What, I say? He explains.
With gutters there are two basic ways of approaching corners. You can have the installer cut on a 45 degree angle the ends of the gutters at the corners of the house and then ‘fuse’ them together in a variety of ways, followed by sealant on the inside to prevent leaks. This can work, but the down side is that the corners will not be precise and over time will separate and start to leak. As well, the effort to fuse the two ends of the gutters can easily damage the outside of the gutter and look shoddy.
The other option is to use pre-constructed corners. Below are two pictures of what they look like:
This second picture shows the inside of the pre-manufactured eavestrough corner.
According to Style by Carden Exteriors, the advantages are that the corners are already made and it is very easy to attach these pre-made gutter corners to either end of the eavestrough that are cut on a 90 degree angle at each end.The disadvantage is that when they are employed, there is the appearance of three seams at the corner; the corner itself, and about 4 inches from the corner where both gutters are placed into the pre-formed corner.
Here is a picture of two gutters coming to the corner of the garage wall.
Now, here is picture of the gutter corner in place. If you look very, very closely you can see the screws on the outside attaching the pre-manufactured corner unit to either gutter.
Lastly, here is a picture of the sealant applied to interior of a pre-manufactured corner unit that was installed on the end of a gutter. According to Ronald, gutter corners can be installed before or after the eavestrough is actually installed on the roof line.
Next time, the elegant downspout solution for the front wall of our garage facing the street.
To continue to the next article in this series, simply select this link to Part 8 and the first solution.
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