Installing or Replacing Gutters: DIY Job or You Should Call a Professional?

Gutters are a vital part of any home, and probably one of the most difficult to maintain. First of all, they are, like any element that can be bound directly outside your home, very prone to damage. Couple that with the fact that you need to clean and work on them with relative regularity, and you can end up with pretty serious bills (or savings), depending on whether you’re gonna hire professionals, or are gonna go the DIY way.

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Now, the big problem with gutter repair, installation, and cleaning is that it’s just dangerous. You can slip off your roof, fall, and seriously hurt yourself. Even an inspection is putting you at risk. Of course, this isn’t a guarantee that bad things will happen, but it is a warning. Below you can find some questions to ask yourself so you can figure it out whether you should contact a professional, or attempt it alone.

Do you have any experience or training?

Or to be a bit less polite – do you have any idea what you are doing? If you’re going in blind, you will just make things much worse. Cleaning is not that difficult, as long as the gunk hasn’t completely cemented itself. However, repair and installation is a completely different story. Sure, you can read and learn methods that can help you fix things up online, but gutters come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Furthermore, embedded and hidden gutters are especially difficult to fix. Improper installation of a gutter, or just completely clogged gutters, can be very dangerous and can lead to issues that can ruin your home and the local area down the line severely.


Do you have the right gear?

If you want to do a good job of cleaning this entire thing, you need to get the right tools for the job. Things like a strong and sturdy ladder, strong gloves, a trowel, a plumbers snake, a spray attachment on your hose… Winging it won’t really do much unless the clog is light. All these items can add up, and while you can use them later for other types of work, you should still figure out whether it’s cost effective or not.

Is it worth it?

Now, ask yourself – is it worth it? Consider the amount of work, time, and effort needed to fix the gutters up. Take a look at your lifestyle, your habits, and your schedule. Think long and hard on how much time this will take, and how valuable your free time is. Are you retired, like to stay active, and have a solid passive income to rely on? Then you should probably invest some time and energy into fixing things up. On the other hand, are you maybe a lawyer with a six-figure salary and a 70-hour workweek? If so, then this will most likely not be the choice for you (unless you would genuinely enjoy it).

Tips and tricks

Now, whether you are going down the DIY route, or if you choose to hire a professional, there are a couple of things you need to take into consideration. If you’re fixing them alone, always be at 100% capacity. Being tired, drowsy, on some kind of medication, or even with a drink or two in you is a horrible idea. You can severally hurt yourself if you lose focus. Even being a in a bad mood puts you at risk of slipping down the ladder, or falling off the roof.

As far as the contractors are concerned, try to find someone you can trust. Word of mouth is the best option, but there are some things you can do alone. Check for documentation, licensees, warranties, reviews…. Insurance information can also be a good indicator of the seriousness of the company.

When was the last time you had maintenance work done?

Now, getting professional gutter replacements done can be costly, but it is the best way to get it done. Also, ask yourself this question – when was the last time you actually cleaned them out? The more time has passed, the worse the situation is, and the greater the effort to clean them will be needed. Furthermore, some kind of extra damaged may have occurred, damage you are not aware off, that only a professional can notice. Simply put – if a lot of time has passed since you had your gutters cleaned, you will most likely need to have more work done, not just cleaning.

Conclusion

And there you have it, folks, a couple of things to keep in mind when installing or replacing your gutters. Think about the gear you have, your experience levels, and just how much free time you have. Be honest with yourself, be mindful of your choices, and we are certain you will get good work done in no time.

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