What is a Rain Diverter?
A rain diverter is a specially made piece of metal flashing available at any home improvement centers like Home Depot or Lowe’s. It is used to divert rainwater away from a doorway in homes that do not have gutters installed.
We mentioned that gutters are a common way to handle rain running off a roof, but if your house doesn’t have gutters, you can still keep rainwater away from doors by installing a rain diverter. Comparing the cost of gutters to a diverter, it’s an easy and inexpensive way to channel the water away.
Nothing is more annoying than having to walk through a waterfall coming off your roof to reach the front door every time it rains.
Installing a rain diverter on your roof:
- Tools needed: Caulk Gun, Roofing Cement, Extension Ladder, Claw Hammer, Roofing Nails, Pry bar, tin snips and an L shaped diverter.
- Measure your outside doorway
- Start by cutting the diverter, with tin snips about 2-3 feet longer than the doorway you want to protect.
- Next, Using a Pry bar or putty knife carefully break the seal on a row of shingles above the doorway.
- Slide the diverter under the row of loosened shingles.
- Slant the rain diverter so that one side slightly lowers the other to allow for drainage.
- Carefully lift up the shingles tab to keep from breaking them and nail the diverter in place with roofing nails. Position the nails so they will be covered by the shingles and a few inches up from the bottom edge of the overlapping shingles.
- Finish up by putting a dab of roofing cement on each nail head and between the shingles to keep water from getting underneath the diverter. Press down to seal the shingles back in place.
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