My house has aluminum gutters. they are attached to the fascia boards with
7" aluminum spikes and ferrules. Many of these spikes have worked loose over
the last 30 years and the gutters are drooping. Home Depot sells 7" Gutter
Screws that replace the aluminum spikes. For superior holding power, they
are made of painted steel.
My question is, will the steel screws that go through the rim of the
aluminum gutter compromise the gutters due to electrolytic interaction? Will
this hold for about 5 years?
I tried out the long screws vs the long spikes and the screws are holding
much better than the aluminum spikes, probably because the screw portion of
the gutter screw is slightly larger than the hole made by the original
Thanks for any input.
Does paint and being steel really make them hold better? I think they
just wanted to put all those words on the label, so they put them in
I don't know what mine are made of, probably steel, and I know they
are brown and match the brown gutters (which is why I think there is
paint on them), and they've worked fine for me.
It's been far more than 5 years since the first ones went in.
But only about half of the nails have been replaced with screws, and
that's only on the south side of the house. On the north side, out
of the sun, I think it's all the original nails, 36 years old.
I probably bought them at HD too. I have half a box left. If I come
across them I'll tell you waht it says.
Right. If they made spikes that are bigger, they would hold better
too, but screws are better still.
On Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 11:58:18 AM UTC-5, Walter E. wrote:
Another option is to abandon the current spikes & ferrules and use brackets:
There are many types to choose from. A couple of examples are these
and these external ones:
When I had my gutters replaced a few years ago, they got rid of the
spikes (which were doing what yours are doing) and used the
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