The 7 Top Dangers of DIY Gutters
We are all looking for ways to save money, but some things are just worth the investment. While DIY gutters might seem tempting to your wallet, it is not the right decision for everyone. Without the right skillset and knowledge, you may cost yourself more money cleaning up your mistakes then if you went with professional gutter installers in the first place.
Here are the 7 top dangers of DIY gutters.
1. Ladder Dangers
Climbing up ladders and working for hours on the roof is not safe for everyone. If you have a fear of heights or balance issues, you may be putting yourself at risk installing gutters. Seniors, especially, should be cautious about getting up on the roof because our reflexes slow down as we get older. Why risk injury to yourself when you can hire a professional gutter installer for a reasonable price?
2. More Expensive Materials
Professional gutter installers buy in bulk and usually have an agreement with certain manufacturers and distributers that offer them discounts that are not available to you on the retail end. Besides the gutter materials you will need, think also about all the tools you will need. When comparing cost of DIY gutters and a professional installation, calculate in the difference in cost of materials and tools.
3. Improper Measurements
DIY gutter novices are in particular danger of making improper measurements. If you are not sure of what measurements you need and make a mistake, it will affect the whole installation. If you don’t have the right size for all pieces of the system, it is not going to fit properly, opening you up to possible leaks and damage down the road.
4. Broken Gutters
Another possible danger of DIY gutters is broken gutters. If you are new to gutter installation, mistakes are bound to happen as you get comfortable with the process so broken gutters are inevitable. Every time you have a broken gutter that is going to cost you extra money to replace and extra time to re-install than you originally planned.
5. Water Damage
If you make mistakes in the installation, you could also end up with water damage on your roof and in your home. There is a lot to factor in during a gutter installation including size of gutters, materials used, spacing and pitch of roof. Any miscalculation can affect how well your new gutter system works.
6. No Expert Guidance
A lot of these difficulties could be avoided with the expert guidance you would have with a professional gutter installer. He or she will be able to guide you on your choice of materials and how to get the most accurate measurements and then they can accurately install your new gutters so there will no problems popping up later.
7. No Warranty Protection
An important thing you might not realize is that when you do the DIY gutters installation yourself, you are not protected by a warranty. When you hire a professional gutter installation, they usually will offer you a warranty that covers any problems that occur within a certain amount of time. This gives you some peace of mind that you don’t get when you do a DIY gutter. Any problems after a DIY will have to come out of your pocket to fix.
Why Choose Storm Masters?
If you still decide to install your new house gutters yourself, keep these dangers in mind and take every precaution to keep yourself safe and to protect your home from any damage. As an extra reminder, make sure you are buying the right size gutters because if they are too big or too small, the rain water might not be able to properly drain away causing damage to your home.
If instead, you decide to hire professional gutter installers, consider us at Storm Masters. We have been providing gutters and gutter services like installing gutters for over 40 years now and we guarantee affordable and reliable products and services always. We also provide gutter cleaning, gutter repair and protection services.
To protect your gutters from damage and leaks, we offer a variety of products like the LeaFree, Leaf Relief and GutterRX. LeaFree keeps debris out, but allows the water to flow freely down to the ground. Leaf Relief by PlyGem adds extra support to your gutter system to reduce the normal wear and tear that occurs especially with bad weather. The GutterRX, on the other hand, completely encloses your gutters so no wildlife can get in. If the chore you hate the most is cleaning out the gutters, then these products can help reduce the amount of debris you will have to clean up.
Want to learn more about the top dangers of DIY gutters and how we can help you protect your home from water damage, call us for a free estimate today.