Guttering Bracket Spacing: How Far To Space Them

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Fascia brackets are the backbone of any guttering system, keeping your lengths of gutter securely attached to the outside of your house come rain or shine. Also known as gutter clips, these are essential to keep the rainwater flowing smoothly along your gutter lengths. But they can only do their job if you’ve put them up properly – and spacing is one of the most important factors of their installation.

Here, we’ll go over how to install your fascia brackets, the distance apart they should be spaced according to type, which of your fittings require fascia brackets, how your brackets handle snowfall, and some additional advice.

How to Install Guttering Brackets

Installing gutter fascia brackets is a straightforward process, only involving a bit of measuring, some drilling, and a few screws. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Mark out the brackets 30cm on either side of your downpipe on the front of the fascia board, no more than 5cm lower than the top edge of the roof
  2. Fasten the bracket to the left of the running outlet first
  3. Fasten the right bracket around 2.5cm higher than the left bracket to create
  4. Fasten another bracket on the opposite side of the building, once again 2.5cm higher up than the first bracket
  5. Tie a string to the highest bracket and stretch to the lowest and check the angle of the line to ensure there is a steep enough fall for the water to flow and drain out
  6. Fasten the remainder of the brackets with the appropriate spacing between the brackets you’ve already installed

This process can become more complicated if your building doesn’t have a fascia board installed already, or if you need to replace one that is damaged. If this is the case, you’ll have to install a new one before you are able to put new fascia brackets in place. Here are the steps you need to follow to install a new fascia board for your brackets:

  1. Measure your fascia boards to fit the area and cut to the right length (make sure you use treated wood suitable for outdoor use)
  2. Cut the tops of the boards to match the slope of your roof
  3. Miter the ends to 45 degree angles so that they fit together well
  4. Nail the board to the rafter feet with carpentry nails (nail 3-5cm below the roof)
  5. Seal the gaps with putty
  6. Cover the top of the boards with metal drip edges

Where Fascia Brackets Should be Installed

You’ll primarily be installing fascia brackets to support your gutter lengths, but there are two types of fittings that also require support from fascia brackets: gutter angles and gutter external stop ends. These fittings both need to be supported with a fascia bracket within 15cm on either side.

Gutter unions, running outlets, and stop end outlets all have fixing lugs built in so that they can attach directly to the fascia board without the need for a bracket. Downpipes and downpipe fittings should be supported by downpipe clips; the downpipe itself should have a clip installed every 180cm for support. You should also install downpipe clips directly underneath any swan neck bends in the system.

Guttering bracket spacing, how far should apart should I space the fascia brackets?

The spacing of your gutter brackets is dependent on your type of guttering. For instance, Ogee guttering would require different fascia bracket spacing to half round guttering. Here is a list of the main types of gutter and how far apart you should position your brackets for each kind:

If brackets are spaced any more widely than this, the system can become unstable and more easily damaged, with gutter lengths unable to bear the pressure of the load, leading to bends and even breaks. This is why correctly installing brackets at the right intervals is vital for the support of your whole system.

diagram image of guttering bracket spacing

Fascia Brackets and Snow loading

If you live in a colder climate or an area prone to snow, you should bear this in mind when installing your guttering system. This is because snow can sit in your gutters for some time after a snowfall, and if it rains, the snow will soak this up, increasing the amount of weight your gutters have to bear. Therefore, your brackets can have even more of a load to handle than you might expect!

All of the products at EasyMerchant pass British manufacturing standards. When it comes to brackets, this means that with the spacings referenced earlier, brackets can handle up to a maximum of 75kg of snow. However, you might want to consider a snow guard if the surface of your roof is made from a smooth, slippery material like slate. This will ensure that less snow enters your gutters before it melts.

Fascia Bracket Safety

When installing a fascia bracket or clip, either install scaffolding beforehand or ensure that your ladder is securely on the ground and being held by another person. Additionally, you should always wear protective gloves and safety goggles when drilling to install your fascia brackets, and when cutting and nailing your fascia boards if that step is required.

Fascia Bracket Advice

If you need some advice on how to choose and install your fascia brackets correctly or information on any other element of gutter and gutter bracket installation, feel free to contact us by phone or email. We sell a variety of fascia brackets that all meet British manufacturing standards, so you know that you can trust them to keep your gutter system safe and secure.

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