LESLIE: Kay in Colorado needs some help with a patio project. What can we do for you today?
Installing a Gutter System
KAY: I have a cement patio that was part of the original house and it has the wrought-iron posts and everything all the way around. And on that, it has a corrugated roof and I need to figure out how in the world to put on a gutter because there’s no place to hook it to. You know, this wrought iron just goes up behind it and it’s been just hooked to it with little clips.
TOM: So it’s like a covered patio? Is it like a metal roof?
KAY: It isn’t metal; it’s kind of a corrugated plastic of some kind.
TOM: OK. And you want to try to figure out a way to connect a gutter to that?
KAY: Yeah, it’s across the front because from there you can step down and go into the backyard and if it’s raining you can’t because you get rained on.
TOM: As you know, normally a gutter is attached with long screws or nails that go through the gutter and into the fascia behind it. Now, if you cannot create a section – a fascia-like material where you can attach things – there’s another type of gutter that’s used very commonly on old houses, where the bracket actually goes on the roof and hangs on the roof itself. So you can attach to the face of the corrugated roof that you have and the gutter would hang off the roof rather than hang off the fascia.
You’re not going to find that bracket in a hardware store or a home center; you’re going to have to go to a gutter company for it and have them make this piece for you. But there is a way to hang it off the roof without having a fascia and I think that will solve the problem.
KAY: OK. Well, I’ll go in there and see what I can do. Thank you so much.
TOM: Great. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.