Aluminum gutters are long-lasting, but cutting them requires some skill and patience to obtain acceptable results. Because well-fitted aluminum gutters deflect water away from your home’s foundation, the effort will be worthwhile. Keep an eye out for sharp metal edges as you follow the instructions for how to cut gutters. Be sure to wear work gloves to protect your hands from cuts.
Pattern shears are an excellent tool for this task. This type of tin snip has long handles and narrow cutting jaws.
- Measuring tape
- Carpenter’s pencil
- Combination square
- Pattern shears (tin snips)
- A work table
- Fine-tooth file
- Leather work gloves
How to Cut Gutters: Steps to Follow
- Make a work table.
- Place an upside-down chunk of metal gutter on the table.
- Make a pencil mark on the bottom of the gutter for the length you need to cut.
- Extend the pencil mark around both sides of the gutter with the edge of the combo square.
- Turn the gutter part over and hold it by one side.
- Begin with the pattern shears on an exterior flange edge.
- Work slowly so that you can keep a straight cut and limit metal crinkling.
- Cut till you reach the gutter’s bottom.
- Change sides of the gutter and cut down the line until you reach the bottom once more.
- Bend the gutter away from the cut edges slightly to expose the bottom.
- Make a cut across the bottom.
- Sharp edges left over from the cutting operation should be filed down.
- Repeat the procedures for every section that you have to cut and install.
Gutter Installations with Help from The Professionals
When it comes to attaching gutters to a building, zoning rules, roof size, and area rainfall patterns all play a role. For years, Bay Roofing has specialized in gutters, and we can design an efficient gutter system. Our crew can install new gutters or repair damaged ones. We’re the quickest way to cross this task off your list. Request a gutter estimate from Bay Roofing today.