How to fit a gutter guard

Updated March 23, 2017

Gutters are simple devices that route roof runoff, including rainwater, away from your home. Because they collect leaves and dirt, gutters tend to get extremely dirty and clogged. To ensure that your gutter performs at optimal level, install a gutter guard to prevent leaves from clogging the gutter and downspout. While gutter guards vary in design and material, attaching most of them is something you can do without hiring a gutter specialist.

Place a ladder on a flat surface and let it rest gently on the gutter.

Climb up the ladder and remove any debris such as soil and leaves from the gutter and downspouts. Be sure to wear gloves. Place the debris in a bucket. Using a garden hose, splash water into the gutter and downspout to remove any clogs.

Check for possible damage to the gutter as you clean. If your gutters have some minor damage, clean the damaged area, using an abrasive material such as steel wool.

Measure the gutter and the gutter guards approximately 3 inches from the end of the product at the clip and mark the spot. Repeat this measurement for the same side of each piece of gutter guard. Cut the marked areas on the gutter guard with tin snips to ensure they fit your particular gutter.

Take the guards up on the roof and fit them on the gutter. To make sure they fit properly, move them along the pipe one section at a time until they pop into position. If your gutter has clips, make sure you fit the guard into the small tabs on the clips until they are properly aligned. Do not screw in the guard until you are sure it is placed properly.

Secure the gutter guard in place, using screws and a screwdriver or a drill. Insert the screws into the holes and screw them into the gutter guard or pipe. Attaching the guards with screws prevents strong winds and other damaging elements from lifting them. Some gutter guards, such as those made of vinyl and aluminium, latch onto the front of the gutter and slip under the roof's shingles, and so do not require fastening with screws.

Test the gutter guards by running a hose over them. Water should flow down the downspout.


Always exercise caution when working on a roof.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Garden hose
  • Bucket
  • Tin snips
  • Tape measure
  • Gloves
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
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Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.