If you are in the process of building a vacation cabin and have decided that it is small enough that you can install its rain gutter system yourself, then there are some important things you need to do to ensure that it successfully drains and diverts rainwater away from your cabin, including:
Sketch Your Cabin and Make a Plan Before Shopping for a Rain Gutter System
Before you head out to the home improvement store to purchase the components needed to install your cabin's rain gutter system, first you should sit down and sketch out a plan. Your plan should include using long spans wherever possible to make your rain gutters look fantastic, and you need to ensure that you place your downspouts in locations that avoid:
- power meters
- hose bibs
This aspect of your installation is very important because you do not want the water from your cabin's roof to run off and damage other areas of your property.
Seal All Joints to Prevent Leakage of Stormwater
When you join two sections of rain gutter together or connect a span to a downspout, you need to seal each joint with a rain gutter sealant to prevent the leakage of stormwater from the connection points. If you do not take the extra time to seal each joint, then water will run out of them when it rains. This will drain out water in inappropriate areas and will eventually undermine the rain gutter system and cause it to fail.
Install Pads to Redirect Downspout Water Away from the Foundation of Your Cabin
Once your cabin's rain gutters have been installed, then you should place pads at the base of each downspout to direct stormwater away from the building's foundation. Water diversion pads can be purchased in both plastic and concrete options. If your cabin is located in an area with a lot of snow in the winter, then you should choose downspout pads made of concrete because plastic will crack from the excessively cold weather.
Install Leaf Screens on All of Your Cabin's Rain Gutters
Finally, to prevent leaves and other biological matter from clogging up your new cabin's rain gutters, you should take the additional step of installing leaf screens on all of the gutters. Gutter screens will prevent the rain gutters from clogging up and overflowing in big storms. In addition, the leaf screens will also prevent unnecessary damage to your cabin's rain gutters from the excessive weight that comes with leaf-clogged gutters.
Contact a gutter contractor, like Mr.Gutter, LLC, for more help.