How to Install Gutter Guards

How to Install Gutter Guards

Take the drudgery out of cleaning gutters and install gutter guards to prevent leaves and debris from collecting. Learn what's involved and the DIY step-by-step directions to install them.



 How to Install Gutter Guards

How to Install Gutter Guards

Take the drudgery out of cleaning gutters and install gutter guards to prevent leaves and debris from collecting. Learn what's involved and the DIY step-by-step directions to install them.

 How to Install Gutter Guards

How to Install Gutter Guards

Take the drudgery out of cleaning gutters and install gutter guards to prevent leaves and debris from collecting. Learn what's involved and the DIY step-by-step directions to install them.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required

  • Ladder
  • Tin snips

Materials Required

  • Gutter screen sections
  • #12 sheet metal screws

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.

  • 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.

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