Installing Rain Gutters
Should I Do it Myself?

Installing rain gutters is usually not a do it yourself project unless you have some experience. It is actually more reasonable to have your gutters professionally installed rather than to try to do it yourself using the chop and drop method. It's just not cost effective for a seamless gutter company to drive to your location, measure and cut the gutters and simply leave them for you to install.

Most of the time, if a gutter company is even willing to do a chop and drop for you, it is based on your measurements and your net cost per foot will actually be higher for the gutter material than had the price included the cost of installation. Professionals gutter installers measure to tolerances of as little as an eighth of an inch for a proper fit. What if your measurements are wrong?

There is simply too much overhead built into installing rain gutters to make seamless gutter chop and drop profitable. The cost of keeping a truck on the road, inventory, gutter machine upkeep, and the manpower involved, make it impractical to drop off anything but lengths of gutter that are larger than the homeowner will actually need.

Sectional gutters are easier to install but their disadvantages make the trade off a bad one unless you are just really trying to pinch the pennies. Seamless gutters are a far better investment but they are usually not a job for the do-it-yourself er.

All you need is a sudden gust of wind and you can damage seamless gutters during the installation process. Their greatest advantage once installed, (their extra long length) is also a disadvantage for the novice installer. If the gutter installer damages the gutter during installation, they will just run another gutter section on the spot at no additional cost to you.

Finally, for the difference in cost, if you are inexperienced, you really are better off staying off the ladders. Yes, it is all a matter of your tolerance level, but after over ten years in the business I have heard the horror stories.

The fact is, installing rain gutters is simple enough if you know what you are doing, but it will take you far longer to install your own gutters than the same procedure performed by a seasoned gutter professional.

All gutter system professionals regularly encounter surprises while installing rain gutters. Including fascia rot, roof lines that are not straight, to the need for creative solutions to properly secure a gutter in an awkward space. The do-it-yourselfer who is looking to save a few dollars may end up saving a little money but can often end up with an unwelcome headache.

Because of the above reasons, unless you just enjoy this type of work or you are willing to settle for an inferior product from sectional gutters, it is probably not worth going through the trouble to do it yourself. The overall quality trade off is inferior, the time saving is nonexistent, and the financial savings are not meaningful both from the out of pocket perspective and may even be negative when you consider return on investment at resale. 

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