Gutter nails, spike-and-ferrule hangers and other hardware used to secure the gutter system to the roof, or fascia, can work loose from their locations, which can cause the gutters to dip away from the roof. This problem can lead to water leaking onto the exterior of the home, which may eventual cause interior moisture penetration. If your home gutter needs an overhaul, straightening or replacement, it is important to choose the right gutter screws, to ensure that the gutters/downspouts are attached securely to the fascia board and roof and drain properly.
To fasten the system to the structure, your project will require a supply of gutter screws. Typically, gutters are installed using aluminum gutter spikes and ferrules. However, you can replace this hardware with aluminum gutter screws or copper stainless steel gutter screws, which provide a more secure solution and will prevent the gutters from sagging or pulling loose.
Replace Gutter Spikes With screws
Standard installation and material for aluminum gutters include the use of nails, aluminum gutter spikes and ferrules, which turn and bend easily and eventually, become loose. Instead of climbing a ladder and hammering the nails back into place, consider replacing these fasteners with a more effective solution-- gutter screws. Use long gutter screws, and rigid metal ferrules to provide a more secure solution, which that is stronger than the spike and feral installation method. Gutter screws will prevent the gutters from sagging or pulling loose from the structure.
Remove the old gutter spike and insert the screw through the existing hole in the front of the gutter. Use your cordless drill to drive the screw through a fresh hole made in the gutter. So that you do not have to apply a lot of pressure, use a high-speed drill bit and allow the screw tip to penetrate the metal. Now, you can apply more pressure on the drill and drive the rain gutter screws into the fascia.
Drive the screws snugly to the gutter, but do not over-tighten the screw. This can damage the gutter. To make the entire gutter system stronger, use copper or stainless steel gutter screws and secure hangers into the rafters every three feet along the length of the gutter.
Many of the latest gutter screws on the market have attractive design features that include oversized thread diameters, which ensure better holding strength and a watertight fit. The screws have durable UV-resistant heads and colors that can match your gutter system. Most rain gutter screws have a deep 1/4" hex head, which helps facilitate quick installation. Long gutter screws come in a variety of lengths, including 5”, 7" and 8”. You can also select copper, stainless steel gutter screws and aluminum gutter screws to replace an outdated spike-and-ferrule hanger system.