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Issues with DIY Gutter Installation

31 January 2018

There’s an old adage that says “fake it till you make it.”  This can definitely work when trying to remember the name of a new acquaintance standing in front of you whose name you can’t remember.  Those with improv can even come up with a reasonable answer to a question when they’ve zoned out on a conference call and are suddenly asked to weigh in with meaningful feedback.  One area we’ve yet to see a homeowner bluff their way through is first-time gutter installation.  Simply put, there are too many areas where a detrimental mistake can be made, which is why our LeafGuard® installers perform this type of work full-time.  There’s rarely a scenario they can’t tackle or a type of home that’s new to them.  They definitely know better than to make these amateur mistakes.

Incorrect Slope: Gutters that are installed perfectly parallel result in standing water.  For water to correctly exit the gutters and be dispersed away from your home, they must be installed at gradual slope.  This skill is learned and takes practice.  A weekend warrior is highly unlikely to achieve perfect slope on their first attempt.

Fear of Falling: Our team utilizes safety gear and scaffolding to complete their task.  Attempting to install your own gutters from a ladder poses a serious fall hazard that could land you in the emergency room or worse.

Material Transportation: Homeowners often marvel at how neat it is to watch their gutters being manufactured on-site and custom-made for their home.  An unsung perk of this approach is skipping the hauling of long lengths of gutters, which can quickly become too sizable to easily haul in a pick-up truck.  If a homeowner opts to buy their own gutters from a big box store, they’ll likely be forced to purchase small lengths in order to fit in their vehicle. This presents a problem because more lengths of gutters equates to more seams which are likely to leak.

Correct Support: Brackets must be installed in order for the gutters on your house to remain intact.  The formula for this is reliant on the gutter’s weight and overall size.  Amateurs often fail at this portion of the project and end up with gutter that sag or pull away from the home.