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How to install a gutter screen.
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A good way of helping prevent debris from
clogging up your roof gutters is to install roof gutter screens on
them. With some effort, such screens can easily be installed.
Caution: When dealing with sharp objects, such as a
pair of scissors, make sure you take precautions;
read all product manufacturer instructions.
Installing a gutter screen can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
In preparation to
purchase and install a gutter screen on your gutter, you'll need
to do a good job of cleaning your gutter first: Using a wire
brush, clean the area of the gutter and otherwise make
sure it is free of debris. As may be necessary, apply
paint thinner on the gutter with a rag/cloth to get rid of
stubborn foreign substances found on the gutter, itself.
Next, use a tape
measure to measure the length and width of your gutter(s), write
such measurements down on a piece of paper with a pencil, and
then go to a home improvement center to purchase gutter screen(s)
that correctly correspond to your written-down measurements.
(Note: In measuring your gutter, you may come across interior
metal lining, and in this case, measure between such metal
lining, and make sure that the gutter screen you are about to
purchase is able to be installed with such metal linings in
place; you may have to, accordingly, cut the gutter screen into
smaller pieces to fit in between such metal linings of the
Once home with
the purchased gutter screen(s), use snipping pliers (for the
cutting of metal gutter screens) or otherwise a pair of scissors
to cut the gutter screen(s) to the size of your gutter
measurements. At this time, again, you may have to cut the
gutter screen into smaller pieces to fit in between metal
linings of the gutter if your gutter has such metal linings in
Once cut, install
the cut-to-size gutter screen on the gutter: The top/north
edge of the gutter screen should be tucked underneath the last
row of your roof shingles and then the lower/south edge of the
gutter screen--as may be applicable per the design of such a
screen--should either be snapped onto the edge or underneath the
edge of the gutter, itself, facing you.
Repeat the above
for each other gutter you have to cover with a gutter screen.
That's what it takes to install a gutter screen.
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