Gutters are crucial features on any home, which means they need to be secured and well-maintained. Without a strong gutter system, your home can succumb to roof damage, siding damage and erosion issues around the foundation. Gutter nails have been a popular method for attaching gutters, but gutter screws offer certain advantages that can create a better overall system.
Gutter screws typically have an indented head with six flat sides and a washer that sits underneath the head. The washer provides a flat bearing surface, which reduces the risk of crushing the mating surface. When you attach gutters to your house using gutter screws, the screw’s large bearing area prevents your gutters from becoming dented or cracked during installation.
Gutter downspout screws are a type of self-piercing screw. They have a threaded shaft that tapers down to a sharp point, which creates a hole as you drive the screw into the substrate. Because they create their own holes, gutter screws eliminate the need for pre-drilling, making installation faster.
Gutter screws can penetrate and cut through hanging gutter downspouts quickly and easily. With one thread that pierces the material and a second thread that forms around the tip, downspout screws provide more efficient and reliable results.
The primary difference between gutter nails and screws is that the latter produces a much better hold. Nails are affordable and easy to install, but they’re also prone to gradual slippage as gutters endure repeated water flow.
A gutter nail is long and thin, which means it is less sturdy than a gutter screw and less likely to hold its position. When they come loose, the gutters can hang away from the roof, which creates openings for the rainfall to leak past. This occurrence is what can cause the issues mentioned above.
Screws, with their durable threads and construction, will maintain their hold longer and withstand environmental factors thanks to their corrosion-resistance qualities.
For a tighter hold, you’ll find that most gutter and downspout screws utilize a hex head, which can be slotted or unslotted to allow for flathead screwdriver access. Typically, you’ll need longer hardware to replace nails appropriately, but the size will vary depending on your gutter’s specifications.
Considering the material of your gutter — which is typically made of steel, aluminum and copper — you can find various finishes to match it. All Points Fasteners carries copper-plated screws, as well as ceramic coatings that boast excellent environmental resistance.
Now that you understand the importance of gutter screws and have an idea of which kind you’ll use, follow these four steps to install them.
1. Inspect Your Gutters
If you plan on replacing your gutter nails, you’ll first need to climb up and count the number of nails used, so you can acquire the right amount of screws. You also need to check the state and size of the ferrules, which are the cylindrical objects that house the nail stems.
The screws and ferrules must work together well or else you will not create a secure hold.
2. Acquire the Right Hardware
Take samples of your nails and ferrules, as well as information about your gutters, to a local hardware store. You could also send pictures and specs of the samples to an online customer service representative if you want to purchase the parts online. The workers should give you advice and point you in the right direction.
3. Tear Out the Nails
Carefully remove the nails to avoid losing the parts in your yard or damaging the roof and gutter. A claw hammer is the usually the easiest method for performing this task.
4. Begin Screw Installation
Insert the screw into the existing hole in the gutter face, and then the ferrule over it. It’s critical that you do not drill the screw into the existing nail hole. Instead, position the tip just above the preexisting hole and then force it into the fascia (roof). Most screws have self-tapping bits, so you don’t need a separate part to create a pilot hole.
Do not overtighten the screws, as that can damage the gutters and decrease their overall strength.
Find Your Gutter Screws at All Points Fasteners
Whether you are working on a do-it-yourself (DIY) gutter repair or tackling a job for a client, you need gutters with exceptional durability that will stand the test of time. That is why we offer the toughest gutter downspout screws to meet the high-quality standards you need to ensure the best gutter installation work. Our gutter screws are available in many different sizes and finishes, meaning there’s a solution for all your gutter needs.
The dedicated experts at All Points Fasteners will assist you in finding the right gutter screws for your job. We offer free samples, monthly deals and custom requests to provide the flexibility you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. Browse our online inventory today, or chat with us to ask any questions you might have.