Integrity of YOUR GUTTERS depends on how its installed
Yankee Gutter Rebuild NJ
Yankee gutters, also known as board-on-roof gutter systems, are a type of gutter system that is installed on the roof of a building. These gutters are typically constructed of wood and are designed to channel water away from the building. They can be built from scratch, re-lined, or re-constructed. When a building is abandoned, Yankee gutters and integral or eaves-trough gutters may be left in place. The decision to remove or leave the gutters in place depends on the condition and the amount of use they have seen. If the gutters are in good condition, they can be left in place, but if they have seen a lot of wear or are damaged, they should be removed. In addition, if the gutters are not in use or have not been used in a long time, they should be removed. Removing the gutters can help prevent future water damage to the building.
Yankee Gutters are a second on-roof site-built gutter system that we illustrate below. A board is set on the edge on the roof slope to form a gutter. The downspout connection must pass through the roof deck and eaves. Yankee gutters were simpler in design to install than an integral eaves trough system: a board is set at right angles to the roof slope and supported by brackets.
When repairing a Yankee gutter, the same methods used for eaves troughs or integral roof gutters should be employed. This includes removing existing materials, cleaning the gutter and surrounding areas, and then applying a primer to the entire gutter. Once the primer has dried, a new lining can be applied to the gutter. It is important to ensure that the lining is applied evenly and securely to ensure that it will last for many years. After the lining has been applied, the gutter should be inspected to ensure that everything has been done correctly and that no gaps or leaks remain. Once the inspection is complete, the gutter can be re-installed, and the repair is complete.
We combined two photos to show some steps to protect the roof eaves from leakage. In this Yankee gutter rebuild, we used treated 5/4 lumber for our gutter board and the supporting gutter brackets (not shown).
The deteriorated Yankee gutter was taken away and replaced with roofing felt to protect the roof shingles and copper flashing and drip edge, which were added to the area.
Set in a bed of caulk, the Yankee gutter board was set onto and screwed through the copper into the roof deck.
The copper eaves flashing was protected from leaks by a blob of long-lasting caulk on the underside of the board or bracket where the screw would penetrate. However, the primary protection against Yankee gutter leaking into the roof, eaves, or walls was the quality of installation of the gutter liner.
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