4 Points to Consider Before Repairing or Replacing Your Gutters
Are you contemplating repairing or reinstalling your gutters? Major renovations and repairs such as this require careful consideration, and the do-it-yourselfer often finds themselves knee-deep in problems they never knew were possible!
Here are some things to consider before jumping into the project
1. Risk of Injury
Gutter cleaning, replacement, and repair require the use of a ladder, and it’s the ladder that makes these jobs so dangerous. The National Safety Council reported over 9 Million nonfatal falls in one year, requiring an emergency room visit. This accounted for 30 percent of all injury-related ER visits!
Hurting yourself might seem unlikely, especially if you’ve gotten through all of your DIY projects uninjured. However, this doesn’t make you invincible and is probably what millions of people who have fallen off ladders thought as well.
One mistake would not only cause your gutter installation to be interrupted, but the hospital bills and recovery time will far outweigh what you’d spend having a professional fix your gutter in the first place. Hiring the right professional to do the job could save you a lot of pain, time, and money.
2. Expensive Materials
Purchasing materials, downspouts, hangers, adhesives, and clips might seem like the more cost-effective option, but costs can add up fast. Working with a professional who can source professional-grade materials at wholesale prices can save you money and give you peace of mind that you have the right materials for your home.
3. Steep Learning Curve
The purpose of your gutters is to divert rainwater away from your home to protect it from water damage. When homeowners fail to install gutters properly, everything in the system can go wrong. Water begins accumulating on the roof causing leaks and water build up behind your gutters will seep into your walls. There are parts of your roof, which can also be susceptible to problems alongside your gutter. Diagnosing issues such as rotting fascia boards and water-damaged siding are essential in the gutter installation process.
4. Bent Gutters
One of the cheapest options for gutters is the aluminum type since they’re lightweight and functional. However, installing them yourself can be tricky because of how pliable they are. Any hard bumps on your roofline or even the ladder leaning against the gutter during installation can cause dents, bows, or buckles. If this happens, then you’d have to double the gutter replacement cost by installing a new one all over again. Enlisting a contractor who will install gutters made of stronger materials will end up costing you less than several bent gutters.
DIY might seem like the best option for all your home improvement projects, but when facing major projects like gutter repair and replacement, you may be better off trusting local certified professionals. Not only will you protect yourself from injury, but you’ll truly get what you pay for with the right professionals on the job. Keeping your curb appeal and saving money are both important, and you can achieve this by investing in the right experts.
Are you in need of gutter repair or replacement? At Local Lumber Supply, we offer our clients several services from gutters to siding, flooring, roofing, and HVAC. Visit our website or stop by our store for your gutter installation needs today!