Looking to Install Rain Gutters Yourself?

Unless you are a handyman, if you are looking for quality seamless gutters, it is actually more reasonable to have professional gutter installers Vancouver take care of it than to try to do it yourself. For reasons I will discuss momentarily, it is not cost effective for a company that manufactures seamless gutters to drive to your location, measure and cut the gutters and simply leave them (drop-offs) for the do it yourselfer.

Most of the time, if a gutter company is even willing to do a drop-off it is based on your measurements and your net cost per foot will actually be higher for the gutter material than had the price included the cost of installation. Professionals gutter installers measure to tolerances of as little as an eighth of an inch for a quality fit. What if your measurement is wrong?

There is too much overhead built into the process to make seamless gutter drop-offs profitable for most gutter companies. The cost of keeping a truck on the road, the inventory, the maintenance of the gutter manufacturing equipment, and the manpower involved make it impractical to drop-off anything but lengths of gutter that are far larger than the average homeowner will require.

Sectional gutters are easier to install but their disadvantages make the trade off a bad one. Unless you are scraping for the cash, and these days that can happen, seamless gutters are a far better investment in your property and they do not lend themselves well for the do-it-yourselfer.

Furthermore all you need is one stiff wind or awkward moment and you can damage seamless gutters in the installation process precisely because their greatest advantage once installed, being seamless, is also their disadvantage for the novice installer – extra long length.

If that kind of thing happens while the gutter company installs your seamless gutters (a rare event because of their experience) they will manufacture another gutter on the spot at no additional cost to you. All this does not even begin to address the possibility of hurting yourself.

Finally, for the difference in cost, if you are inexperienced, you really are better off staying off the ladders or messing with your roof. Yes, it is all a matter of your tolerance level, but after over ten years in the business I have heard the horror stories.

The fact is that the process is simple enough if you know what you are doing, but it will take you far longer to install your own gutters than the same procedure performed by a seasoned gutter professional. This should hardly be news to anybody because it is true of everything.

Through the years any gutter system professional has regularly encountered surprises during the installation process in the most unlikely places. Everything from rot, to roof lines that are not straight, to the need for creative solutions to properly secure a gutter in an awkward space crop up regularly when we go from house to house. The do-it-yourselfer who is looking to save a few dollars may end up saving a little money but can often end up with an unwelcome headache.

Because of the reasons I have outlined earlier, quite frankly unless somebody just likes to do the work because it is a hobby and is willing to settle for what is widely regarded as an inferior result from sectional gutters, it is not worth the bother to do it yourself. The overall quality trade off is lousy, the time saving is nonexistent, and the financial savings are not meaningful both from the out of pocket perspective and may even be negative when considered from the outlook of return on investment at resale.

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