Roof gutters in a wooden box

This type is fully supported by a structural construction. In most cases it consists of a wooden box structure.

Construction of the continuous support gutters

The support of zinc gutters with a continuous support is part of the architectural construction and is usually made of wood. Zinc gutters can be fitted perfectly to unplaned timber. NedZink recommends that with new impregnated and glued wood a vapour permeable separation layer should be applied to the bottom of the gutter box to prevent damage from condensation on the underside of the zinc. The same advice also applies to supports made of concrete or other stony materials, where the dividing layer also prevents wear of the zinc. Before applying the zinc, check whether the supporting wooden box is clean and does not have any protruding nail heads or screws.

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Measuring the box

When measuring the wooden box, the following measurements must be taken:

  • Top width;
  • Bottom width;
  • Height and slope of the front and rear uprights;
  • Thickness of the edge of the front upstand;
  • Length of the different gutter planes.

Passage opening stud

The zinc penetration opening in the supporting box construction must be large enough to allow the gutter to shrink and expand. This means that the stud with the Rainwater pipe pushed around it must have at least 20 mm space to the left and to the right and at least 5 mm in the two other directions.

Design of gutter

See figures 3.1.8 and 3.1.9. Observe the following basic rules:

  • The top width of the zinc gutter must be at least 4 mm smaller than that of the tray.
  • The bottom width of the gutter must be at least 10 mm smaller than that of the tray.
  • The height of the front edge of the gutter must be 1 to 2 mm greater than that of the tray.
  • The bead falls in front of the edge of the tray and not on it.
  • The back post must be at least 10 mm higher than the front post.
  • The slope of the gutter is equal to that of the tray, including any curved shapes.
  • The dimensional ratios continue to be in accordance with NEN-EN 612.
  • The ends of the tray must have a minimum clearance of 10 mm in relation to the ends of the supporting tray.

Pre-processing of gutters

The zinc gutters are preferably prepared in the workplace as far as possible before installation, i.e:

  • Gutter parts are cut to length.
  • Mitres (and if possible solder).
  • Soldering in headers, expansion joints and studs.

Installation

  • The bottom width of the gutter must be at least 10 mm smaller than that of the box. The back height min. 10 mm higher than the front height.
  • The gutter parts must be preferably installed from left to right and against the slope (from low to high). The construction conditions may not always allow for this. When choosing another installation direction the installation from low to high is more important than from left to right (drainage overlap!).
  • Clips are attached at the edge of the front height of the box with a minimum width of 70 mm and a thickness of 0.80 mm. Attach the clips with 3 galvanised or stainless-steel flat-headed nails. A clip must pierce approximately ¾ into the bead. Secure the gutter with clips of 30 mm wide at the rear upright. The maximum clearing distance is 660 mm.
  • If the bottom width of the gutter is greater than 300 mm, a clip must be applied under the seam on the bottom of the gutter. The overlap of the clip must then be 25 mm and the clip may not be soldered.
  • The distance between the clips is max. 660 mm centre-to-centre. Clips of min. 30 mm width are further attached to the wooden back height at the same distances and are bent over the water check of the gutter.
  • The outlet piece in the supporting box construction must be spacious enough to allow the gutter to contract and expand. This means that the outlet piece, with the rain pipe slipped around it must have an oval cavity with at least 20 mm of space.

Support

The support is part of the building construction and is usually made of wood. Gutters of NedZink material can be applied directly to unplaned wood. NedZink recommends installing a vapor-permeable layer on newly impregnated and bonded wood at the bottom of the gutter tray in order to prevent attack by condensation on the backside of the zinc. The same advice also applies to supports of concrete or other stony materials, where the separating layer also prevents wear on the zinc. Before applying the zinc, check that the supporting wooden container is clean and does not contain protruding nail heads or screws.