Curb appeal and protecting our investment is important so before winter sets in we are fixing parts of our spouting so the wooden deck at the back of the property doesn’t get damaged from rain overflow. Our friends at Marley have a great range of options for all styles of houses, you guys know we take our landscaping seriously, the spouting is no exception.
Replacing your spouting is easy, we’ll take you through choosing the right design for your house and give you some handy tips!
Choose your design
Marley offers a wide range of spouting and downpipe profiles to suit a variety of house styles and rainfall levels. There are a few options to consider, however, we had the Classic™ installed already and it suits our 1909 villa with the original Roman profile design so went with that.
Like every element of a renovation, preparation and planning is key to ensuring you get the correct quantity of products and the right tools to do the job. Marley spouting and downpipes are intuitively designed as a modular system, making repair and replacement much simpler.
Measure your lengths
If you’re repairing or replacing your spouting, the measure twice cut once rule applies! You’re always safer to have too much than not enough as cutting is easy! You’ll have to consider things like expansion joins and downpipes and where they will be positioned too.
Health and Safety
It’s a no brainer but better to be safe than sorry, wear all the correct safety gear and make sure your working space is secure before climbing any ladders.
Locate the low points so your water flows
Locating the position of the downpipe outlet or any corners the water will have to get around will give you your “low point”. Remember the water will have to flow down not up so the down points are important.
Now you’re on the hunt for your “high point”. Install your first bracket as high as you can on the fascia under roof overhang – this is your high point. Fix the string line to the fascia using a screw adjacent to the first bracket and run the string line under the first bracket to the low point. Ensure a min fall of 5mm for every 10m of run.
Drill those brackets in
The distance for the brackets should be no more than 500mm apart. In high wind or snow-prone areas (yes, I’m looking at you South Island) reduce spacing to 300mm. Use a minimum of 3 Marley galvanised nails or 3 stainless steel screws per bracket. If installing on wooden fascia The minimum screw is 6g x 20mm coarse thread count. NB: Gib clouts aren’t what you need so don’t go there!
Position outlet at the low point (in line with drainpipe) and ensure string line aligns with the side tabs of the outlet. Secure outlet to the fascia using a minimum of 4 fixings.
Install the spouting
For internal brackets, position front of spouting into the front of the brackets, then roll spouting into the back of the brackets until secure. Check every bracket is correctly engaged.
Slide the spouting into the expansion outlet. Beforehand measure and cut it to length based on the temperature at the time of install, using the indicator marks on the inside of the outlet. Do not glue.
Use spouting joiners and only Marley MCS® solvent cement to connect lengths of spouting to components as necessary.
Note: For runs between corners exceeding 4m with no expansion outlet you must use an expansion joiner. And for runs exceeding 16m with an expansion outlet, you must also use an expansion joiner. Follow the instructions provided with this component for easy installation.
When required, solvent weld corners onto the correct end of the spouting. N.B Corners should be supported by brackets either side- 50mm clearance from the corner point for external corners and 200mm clearance for internal corners.
Give it a good once over
While admiring your handy work, check that everything is secure and ready for a good downpour. Clean any excess Marley solvent cement (MCS®) from corners or joiners as you install to minimise potential pooling of water. Ensure spouting is correctly secured to each bracket and space has been provided for expansion and contraction, this is really important to include in the planning stage to avoid rework.
There it is team, an easy guide to DIY’ing your spouting. It’s a quick job that can save you a world of heartache from rotting weatherboards and potentially internal framing (leaky home) and damaged gardens.
This blog is in partnership with Marley however all words are our own, visit Marley.co.nz to see their range of spouting systems and other rainwater features available in New Zealand.