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What do you do if gutters cannot be installed on your roof? If this is the case, you should invest in rain diverters.

Rain diverter installation may seem complicated at first, but it is easy as long as you follow the necessary steps. The only tricky part about the installation is reaching your roof. But if you have a ladder of the correct size, it shouldn’t be too difficult.

Rain diverters control water flow from rain or heavy snow. Installing a rain diverter above the entrance of your house makes it safer for your family to enter and exit.

If you’re interested in learning about rain diverter installation, then keep reading!

Rain Diverters vs Gutters

Some roofs simply do not allow gutter installation. And some homeowners just don’t like the way gutters look.

A quick solution to managing rain flow is installing a rain diverter on the roof. Rain diverters protect your walls and siding because they don’t allow pools to form on the roof.

When pools form, rainwater may seep through and affect the walls and ceiling underneath.

Gutters, on the other hand, prevent rainwater from negatively affecting your roof by diverting water through a downspout. The rainwater travels through your gutters down to the ground in a place away from your home’s foundation.

When rainwater flows off a roof onto the immediate ground below, it can erode the soil after a prolonged period of time. Free falling rainwater may also damage plants.

If erosion occurs for an extended period of time, the home’s foundation becomes compromised.

It’s important to note that rain diverters are not gutter replacements. If you have both gutters and rain diverters, then your home has an effective rainwater drainage system.


If you’re wondering how to install a rain diverter, you must first start with the tools you’ll need. Here’s a list of all the tools involved in the project:

  • Flat pry bar
  • Aviation snips
  • Hammer
  • Caulk gun
  • Ladder

In addition to tools, there are a few materials you must have that include your roof diverter, roofing nails, and silicone caulk.

How To Install a Rain Diverter

Once you’ve gathered your tools and materials, it’s time to start your project. Here are five steps to installing your rain diverters:

  1. Set up your ladder so that you reach the roof
  2. Use the flat pry bar to loosen stuck roof shingles
  3. Apply a 1/4-inch thick bead of silicone caulk on the underside of the drip edge, lift the shingles, and slide the diverter in
  4. Secure with roofing nails; be sure to place each nail under a shingle
  5. Seal down each shingle with caulk
  6. Spray the roof with a garden hose to test the effectiveness of the rain diverter.

After your roof diverters pass the test, your project is complete.

Rain Diverter Installation

After reading this guide, you should know how to install a roof rain diverter. Rain diverter installation can seem tricky, but if you follow the necessary steps, it can be done in under 20 minutes.

As mentioned before, it’s important to have gutters alongside your rain diverters. By having both, you’re ensuring that your property is protected from free-flowing rain.

If you’re interested in receiving a free estimate for gutters or roof repair, contact us for more information!

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