- Q. How should gutters be attached to prevent them from getting ripped off the fascia when ice accumulates during winter?
A.Install gutter hangers at least 24 inches on-center. Make sure the spikes fasten through the fascia to a 2x subfascia or to rafter or truss tails. Also, mount the gutters so that a straightedge laid on the roof extends above the outer edge of the gutter (see illustration). This will help prevent snow slides from taking the gutter off.