Valor Installation ProcedureOverviewFor gutter guards to work correctly, there are many factors and techniques to consider when installingValor products. With Valor gutter guards the slope or angle of the guard is important (which will varydepending on the roof material and the slope or angle of the roof). The better the installer does ingetting the installation factors correct (the ideal target angle), the better the performance of the Valorgutter guard. Sometimes it is not possible to get all of the factors correct, so getting close enough to theideal target angle is the next best option.SafetyAlways make your Safety is the top priority. Use ladders, tools, and equipment correctly.Tools1. Rechargeable Drill2. ¼" hex driver (both short & long shaft)3. Metal cutting snips (Tinner & Aviation types)4. Silicone Caulking, Clear, 100% (GE brand, 4 oz tube)5. Ladders, optional LadderMax standoff (recommended)Optional Tools: Work bar, 2" putty knife, work gloves, 2" paintbrush, gutter scoop,PortableBandsaw with metal cutting bandsaw blade, tool beltProductsValor gutter guard productsScrews, ¼" hex head self‐tapping galvanized (3/4" long)Optional Products:endcaps, outside miter cover, inside miter diverter, inside miter kit,Optional GG cleaning brushPrepare Work AreaClean out gutters, repair gutters if needed, seal gutter seams if needed, clean out downspouts.Recommend using Geocel 2320 or SeamerMate 85148 for sealing gutters, always use a cleaner likeWindex or 409 spray and let dry before applying a sealing chalk. (Go to YouTube to watch the "How toReseal a Leaking Gutter" video).
Installation differences between "Under the Shingle" or "Rear Fascia" MethodsThere are two install methods to put Valor gutter guards on gutters.1. The Under the Shingle method is where the rear wing of the Valor guard slides under the roof shingleand on top of the moisture barrier (or tar paper). The rear of the guard is supported by the roof deck,and the guard is attached to the front lip of the gutter with a screw. Typically the angle of the guard issufficient to allow debris to "naturally self‐clean" when using this method, but there are techniques toadjust the guard angle to the "best" angle. Most installations are performed this way, and this methodis approved by the major roofing manufactures as long as no screws or nails go through the roof.2. The Rear Fascia Method is where the back wing of the guard attaches to the rear of the gutter or thefascia board with a screw without going under the roof shingle. This may be necessary if the roofshingle is sealed, the gutter is sloped, or the shingle is unable to be lifted (as in the case of metal roofsystems or heavy tile systems or in areas of very high winds, or sloped gutters with long runs). Then thefront of the guard is attached with a screw to the gutter's front lip.Basic Installation Guidelines Determine the ideal target angle or best angle to use for the product, install as close as possibleto this target angle.It is not recommended to install gutter guards flat, as debris will not be able to be pushed off bythe rainfall. There are several "advanced techniques" to resolve this. See the Valor Website forthis information, under the contractor page, Advanced Techniques tab.It is recommended to install each inside corners first (with diverters), then each outside corners(with seam cover), then filling in the straight sections in between those corners.Performance Factors and Determining the Ideal Target Ange to use for yourspecific roof and gutter conditions:There are 4 factors/criteria for a gutter guard to have top performance. ANGLE (or slope) of both theguard and the roof, Roof Shingle MATERIAL (metal, tile, asphalt, wood, etc.), the RUN (length from thegutter to ridge top), and FLOW (amount) of water (rainfall), (see appendix 3 for details). Install as closeto the "ideal target angle" as possible. The Valor recommended install angle (the ideal target angle) willensure the best performance under high flow water condition. If "Ideal/best" or "better" angles are notpossible, install as close as possible to these angles as possible. If the ideal install angle is not achieved,it only means that some water may go over the guard in high water flow conditions, but most of thewater will still go through the guard as designed.
Recommended installation angles for Valor ProductsValor target angle (degrees)RoofFlat RoofLow pitchLow pitchStandard pitchStandard pitchStandard pitchStandard pitchHeavy pitchHeavy pitchHeavy pitchHigh pitchHigh pitchHigh pitchVery HighAngle04811151922263034384145Slope 10/1211/1212/12 5151519191930good444815191911222226262622Example: A standard pitch roof of 6/12 pitch is at a roof angle of 22 degrees,therefore the target angle for Valor is 15 degrees, but realisticallythe range for Valor could be from 19 degrees to 11 degrees.Setting the installation angle of Valor gutter guardsRefer to the Valor Recommended Install angles chart above.Using the Under the Shingle method:If the angle of the guard is too high, then cutting the back wing horizontally will reduce the install angle(cutting ¼" off at a time on a test piece of guard and reinstall until the correct desired angle is achieved.If angle is guard is too low, either install the larger wing version of Valor, or install a wing extension onthe Valor wing, or attach small ¼" to ½" wood strip to the rear of the Valor wing to lift upward. In raresituations, the gutter itself may need to be raised or lowered, but only as a last resort.Using the Rear Fascia Install method:It is recommended to attach the rear wing to the fascia before attaching the front lip screw, this allowssome adjustment of the guard to reach the desired angle before securing the front lip screw.The Rear Fascia Install method allows for some adjusting of the rear wing up or down too allow for thecorrect guard angle to be achieved. In some cases, the wing may be too long and will need adjusting. Ifangle of guard is too high, lower rear wing and attach, or if lowering the wing is not possible, cutting theback wing horizontally on a test piece of guard to determine the correct amount to cut to achieve thedesired install angle. Install a "resting" screw on the fascia every 18" to "rest" the back wing on in orderto secure the back wing from falling into the gutter. Also install a "locking" screw on the fascia every 24"
to "lock" the Valor rear wing into place. Run a small bead of silicone sealant between the gap of theguard wing and the fascia after guard is secure to prevent small debris to wedge in.How to cut Valor Straight cut, Inside cut, Outside cutStraight cut: Using tin snips, 1. Draw line on Valor to cut, 2. Cut front lip, 3. Cut back wing, 4.Turn Valor product over and cut both louver channels, 5. Cut screen to finish.Inside corner cut: Using tin snips, 1. Draw angle line on Valor to cut, 2. Cut front lip at angle, 3.Cut back wing at angle, 4. Turn Valor product over and cut both louver channels, 5. Cut each louverseparately at the angle line, 5. Cut screen to finish. Note: the steeper the install angle of Valor, theslightly less of an angle is cut or inside miters (see appendix 4)Outside corner cut: Using tin snips, 1. Draw angle line on Valor to cut, 2. Cut front lip at angle,3. Cut back wing at angle, 4. Turn Valor product over and cut both louver channels, 5. Cut each louverseparately at the angle line, 5. Cut screen to finish. Note: the steeper the install angle of Valor, theslightly less of an angle is cut for outside miters (see appendix 4)Straight run installs under the shingle method:1. Using the wing of the Valor product or a 2" putty knife, slide under the first roof shingle buton top of the tar paper or moisture barrier (see appendix 5 for details). Take care not to tear themoisture barrier, 2. Install Valor rear wing under the shingle and align the edge of Valor to its location, 3.Pull the Valor product forward allowing the front lip of the guard to meet up with the front lip of thegutter. 4. Install front screws (3 per full section). 5. Install a small silicone bead to seal the end mesh.Option: On Composition Asphalt Shingles, the Valor wing can be installed either between the startershingle and the moisture barrier, or between the first shingle and the starter shingle, which ever resultsin the guard's install "best" angle.
Straight run installs Rear Fascia method1. Fit Valor on gutter and determine the best angle for the guard. 2. Ensure the correct fit forthe guard as some placement adjusting may be necessary. 3. Adjust guard back wing higher than thefront lip (if possible) to ensure correct guard angle, 4. Align the side edge and attach with screw the rearof guard to the fascia or gutter, 5. Install front screws. 6. Install small silicone bead to seal the side edgemesh. Repeat to cover the gutter.End cap installationThere are several ways to end caps.1. Cut 2" of the metal frame away and leave the mesh, fold the mesh downward to be flush with theendcap.2. Or, cut a metal sheet metal (painted) to fit, making a 0.5" 90 degree angle cover to silicone or screwon the top of the guard while about 1" to 2" of metal is downward in the gutter, flush with the gutterendcap.3. Or, fold up the endcap top ridge, install gutter guard, seal gap with silicone.Note: The best results for endcap installs is to not have a gap to allow bees or wasps to enter.Outside corner (miter) install1. Most Outside corners on gutters are at a 45 degree angle (precutting is recommended), 2.Determine the correct cut angles and draw those angle lines on the product, 3. Cut the guard to thecorrect angle (note that when flat, a 45 degree is used, but as the slope increases, the cut angle on thegutter guard INCREASES. Example: on a 4/12 pitch roof, cut 48 degree angles. This allows the gutterguard wing to move farther apart keeping a good seal while the roof angle increases. Seal the gap withsilicone or use a sheet metal cover over gap, glue cover in place with silicone.Inside corner (miter) install1. Most Inside corners on gutters are at a 45 degree angle (precutting is recommended), 2.Determine the correct cut angles and draw those angle lines on the product, 3. Cut the guard to thecorrect angle (note that when flat, a 45 degree is used, but as the slope increases, the cut angle on thegutter guard DECREASES. Example: on a 4/12 pitch roof, cut 43 degree angles. This allows the gutterguard wing to move closer together keeping a good seal while the roof angle increases. Seal the gapwith silicone and place 2 small silicone V‐diverter bumps on the screen, and place one or more metalroof diverters in the roof valley.Inside corner roof diverter installThe use of a water diverter in a valley location slows the water and fans the water across thegutter guard allowing more time for water to enter the screen. While each roof, slope and valley aredifferent, generally speaking, use two 3" V‐diverters on a valley. Make the V‐roof diverter from sheetmetal (painted) by cutting a 6" x 1.5" rectangle, bend up the long side by 0.5" leaving a 1" at a 90 degree
angle, then cut a V in the center of the 0.5 side, bend together to form a V. Then glue the diverter onthe roof with silicone approx. 6" above the gutter guard and then another approx. 18" up on the valley.High Flow Water KitUse the Valor Large Mesh product for inside miters on valleys and high water flow roof areasand for highly pitch roofs ( 9/12 pitch). This is the standard 4ft. Valor product fitted with a larger meshscreen (a 20 mesh screen), where installers cut to width size as needed or use the full 4 ft section.Inside corner and Outside corner templates.For different roof pitch installs, pre‐cut templates that allow exact cutting of angles. Example, a1/12 pitch roof needs a 45 degree inside cut for a 45 degree inside corner, but a 5/12 pitch roof needs a43 degree inside cut for a 45 degree inside corner due to the rise in angle of rear portion of the gutterguard.On Line Installation AssistanceThere are several installation videos posted on YouTube to assist in this procedure.Go to www.youTube.com and type in the search field: Valor Gutter Guard Install, and the Valor Installvideo will appear ready for you to click and view.If you need further assistance, email Rebecca Neal at [email protected] and provideyour name, business name, and phone number, and brief description of the issue. She will get ourValor InstallTechnician to call you.END
For gutter guards to work correctly, there are many factors and techniques to consider when installing Valor products. With Valor gutter guards the slope or angle of the guard is important (which will vary depending on the roof material and the slope or angle of the roof). The better the installer does in