Installing A Rain Diverter That Looks Dapper

March 28, 2019 admin 0 Comments

Plain and simple, a rain diverter acts similarly to your gutters and directs the flow of rain away from an area.

A front or back door is a prime example where you may want one installed and this was exactly the case on this project.

The customer didn’t want to be drenched during a rainstorm as they entered or left their house. 

Rain hits the ridgeline of the roof then builds up as it flows down the slope and causes a large amount to drip from the roof edge (sometimes overflowing your gutter if there is a blockage in your downspout).

There are a couple of ways to make a diverter. In this case, the customer wanted a V shape with rain flow being directed on either side away from the front door.

They requested a copper diverter. However, rain picks up a chemical from copper and over time will cause corrosion of aluminum flashing on your house.

Luckily, Home Depot carries a copper finish spray paint, which provided the look they wanted without the damage!

 

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The aluminum couldn’t be bent, so I used my tin snips to cut the back and front hem of the aluminum then angled each piece to form a V.

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For the diverter to function properly, it must be attached to the roof underneath a row of shingles.

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I used a pry bar to carefully lift a row that was about three courses up from the roof edge.

I then slid the diverter underneath and using 1-1/4″ roofing nails, hammered in two nails on either leg of the diverter.

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Here I am using a waterproof roofing sealant to plug the nail holes so rain doesn’t seep into them. This is the most important step.

I also put a few daps underneath the lifted shingles to adhere them to the top of the diverter.

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Not only does it help to keep rainwater from pouring over their front door, but it is a nice accent piece!

I hope you enjoyed learning about this project. If you are interested in having a rain diverter installed on your home, click the button below!

Thanks for reading,

-Matt the handyman

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