A quick search on YouTube for “DIY gutter installation” yields hundreds, perhaps even thousands of hits, some of them professionally produced. Watching these videos give the impression that gutter replacement is easy. But are they really easy? Gutter and roof replacement contractor takes a close look at what these DIY guides are not telling you.
Performed by Skilled Individuals
Some professionally-produced videos carry a disclaimer that the work demonstrated on-screen is performed by trained professionals. They make gutter installation look easy because they already have the skills needed to install new gutters, having installed gutters dozens, perhaps even hundreds of times. TV professionals also have insurance in case of injuries, along with one or two medics standing by just in case.
To install gutters, one needs to have the manual dexterity and carpentry skills to do tasks such as using the right fasteners, building joints, and the presence of mind to use safety equipment. Sheet metal working skills are likewise required, since gutters need to be fabricated, cut and assembled all without getting injured by sharp metal edges. One also has to know “gutter math,” which involves quick calculations for gutter pitch and fastener placement. Lastly, you have to know that, light as gutter troughs are, gutter installation is physically demanding.
Metal Working Machines
Traditionally, gutter troughs can be purchased as pre-shaped 10-foot lengths. If you want to build seamless gutters, or something that’s more customized, then you will have to rent or buy sheet metal working equipment—equipment that gutter and roofing companies already have. Whatever you save on labor costs would be spent on equipment that you might not use again.
Gutters are not exempt from building codes. The DIYers you see online have already done their research on building codes, which may or may not apply to your area. When you leave gutter installation work to local professionals, you know your new gutters will be code-compliant and well-built. The best part is, professionally-built gutters come with material and workmanship warranties.
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