Should You Install Your Own Gutters or Hire a Contractor?
Gutters serve a critical function. They direct rainwater and melted snow away from a house and prevent damage to the roof, siding, and foundation. Although they generally last a long time, gutters can eventually wear out and need to be replaced. If it is time for new gutters, you have two choices: You can install them yourself or hire a contractor.
Avid do-it-yourselfers often choose to install gutters themselves. The materials and tools that are needed for the task are readily available at most home improvement stores. With the proper materials, tools, and skills, the job of installing new gutters can be completed in a day or less. Doing it yourself can save you money and is also more convenient than scheduling a time for the contractor to come when you will be home. You can choose any gutter color you want and will not be limited by the options the contractor has available.
Do-it-yourself gutter installation is not for everyone. The job can be dangerous. It requires climbing a ladder and working near the roof holding long sections of material and tools. Thousands of people fall off ladders every year and wind up in the emergency room. Getting injured can eliminate any savings you might have enjoyed in terms of money or time.
Hanging gutters is not as simple as it looks. The pitch needs to be just right to direct water to the downspouts and prevent sagging. If the sections tilt too far forward or backward, they will not be effective in heavy rain.
If you are not completely confident in your ability to install gutters properly yourself, it is better to hire a reputable contractor such as Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors. We have the experience to do the job right the first time so your gutters will work properly and last for many years. We can create seamless gutters on-site that will reduce the risk of clogging and leaks. We can also identify and repair other problems, such as damaged fascia boards or shingles. Contact us today for an estimate.