How to Install Gutter Guards

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Ladder
  • Tin snips
Materials Required
  • Gutter screen sections
  • #12 sheet metal screws

Before You Begin

Thoroughly clean the gutters before installing gutter screens. Wear heavy gloves and standing securely on a ladder, scoop out the debris that has settled in them. Either put the debris into a bucket or toss it on the ground below to clean up later. If you use a bucket, empty it into a waste container every time you have to climb down from the ladder to move it around the perimeter of the house. Then use a garden hose to flush out the gutters when all of them are clean.

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  • Step 1 : Test fit the screen and clips

    Test fit the screen and clips

    Insert clips into the slots in the screen using three of them for every 4-foot section of screen.

  • Step 2 : Install a screen

    Install a screen

    Slide the screens up under the shingles. Pull them down onto the edges of the gutter.

    Install a screen The clips holds it firmly in place. You can butt them together or overlap and fasten them together with # 12 sheet metal screws.

  • Step 3 : Cut to fit

    To trim a screen to fit use a tin snips or heavy scissors.