Seamless Gutters vs Regular Gutters from RRG Roofing. We understand that everyone wants to save money on home maintenance costs. Even though your gutters protect your home from water damage to a great extent, you probably don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to get it done.
We can hardly blame you for considering DIY gutter installation because we know that your local Home Depot sells 6” x10” aluminum K-style gutters in 10” lengths for just $15.
What is the best way to determine whether you should do this or get professional seamless aluminum gutters installed instead?
Ask yourself how often you’re willing to replace your gutters.
Professional installed seamless aluminum gutters last for up to 20 years. DIY-installed seams can also last for over 20 years, but they tend to leak sooner because debris builds up around the seams, causing pressure on them and eventually leaking.
With vinyl, you will save even more money, but expect this job to be repeated at least every seven years or every three years if you are extremely unlucky.
Make sure you’ve factored in all the “hidden costs.”
Keep in mind, when you start comparing gutter installation price quotes, that your installer’s quote includes everything, including screws, brackets, and endcaps.
You are no longer looking at gutters for just $1.50 a foot if you add those items to your cart at Home Depot. You must think long and hard about a more dangerous hidden cost.
Regular gutters will have seams! Professionals install seamless gutters so they can cut them to match the length of your house. Your gutters aren’t doing their job if they have seams. Every seam is a potential leak point.
There is a lot of water running down the walls of your house. It is rotting the shingles on your roof, rotting the soffits and fascia, and rotting the siding of your walls. There is a lot of weight on your slab, which means that you could face serious, expensive foundation repair issues sooner rather than later.
We live in where rainstorms can be heavy and persistent during the rainy season. Unless you are prepared for some potential expensive water damage repairs, you will need to stay on top of leaks.
Be honest, are you handy?
If you are a handyman, then you might be able to install your gutters well enough, so they are functioning properly. If you are an organized homeowner with the time to maintain those gutters, then this method can save you a lot of money.
Still, you won’t get all the benefits of seamless gutters, but it will suffice.
Do you have what it takes to hang gutters? Sure, that YouTube video makes everything seem easy, but when it comes down to it, you might find yourself unable to handle the job.
How much time do you have to devote to installing your gutters?
When you don’t know what you are doing, it takes longer than you think. Your time is also valuable.
Are you sure that this is what you want to do with your weekend? What are you going to do if it takes longer than you anticipated? What will you do if, halfway through the project, you realize it is not going well, and you must hire someone else to finish it?
How many gutters can you afford?
Putting up your gutters could be a better option than nothing if you can’t afford to hire a professional installer and are competent enough to do the job properly.
Saving up until you can afford a professional installation may be better if you lack the skills.
Installing your air conditioner professional costs much less than you might think. Plus it is probably not something you will have to do more than once throughout your ownership.
Let us provide you with a free estimate before you decide to DIY. We would be happy to show you what your gutter installation will really cost. I promise it won’t be nearly as bad as you think it would be.