Sep 19, 2016

Five Reasons Installing Your Own Gutters is a Colossal Mistake

It’s easy to kill an hour or let’s be honest, an afternoon, sifting through sites like YouTube and Pinterest getting pointers on how to complete your home projects.  The gurus showcasing their skills exude confidence in their talent and make even the most complex tasks look effortless.  What they fail to promote is the idea that practice really does make perfect and that the probability that they’re actually completing the task for the first time is minuscule.  One project we implore you not to undertake yourself is the installation of your home’s new gutters.  Here’s why.

Climbing a Ladder: Every year, 90,000 emergency room visits are attributed to those that have injured themselves from falling off a ladder.  Without the right training and equipment, falling while installing new gutters is a real possibility.

Achieving Perfect Pitch: In order for rain gutters to properly dispel water, they need to slope gradually.  This involves correct calculations and the utilization of a leveling device.  Construction industry installers can do this in their sleep, but that’s a result of significant training and practice.  Take our word for it; no one gets this skill correct on their first-ever attempt.

Proper Support: In order for the new gutters on your home to stay intact, brackets need to be installed.  The quantity needed and the spacing between them directly correlate with the gutter’s size and weight.  Get this feature wrong and your gutters can sag or fall off your home completely.

Sacrificing Seamless Options: Big box stores sell new gutters in sections that are pieced together to fit where a homeowner chooses to place them.  The problem with this approach is that seams are created.  The issue with seams is that over time they weaken and it’s almost a certainty that you’ll be climbing up on a ladder to fix them or calling a contractor to replace your home’s gutters.

Getting Downspouts Right: Downspouts have the task of diverting water away from your home so that it cannot damage your foundation, leak into your basement or wreak havoc on your landscaping.  Without an ample quantity of them, water cannot filter out of your new gutters quickly enough in a rainstorm.  This can cause overshooting of rainwater, which can cause damage to your home and landscaping.  Too short of downspouts or those placed incorrectly can all be problematic.

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"Your installers are the nicest, most pleasant young men. They are working in EXTREME conditions. My heart goes out to them."

Beatrice L.
Mendota Heights, MN
December 21, 2020

"Exceptional. I had a company install a new covered gutter over my garage back in 2008. The cover was too high, so the water never reached the gutter and it just pooled. I was unaware until the side of the garage started rotting. I had that repaired and had the cover removed from the gutter. Well I decided that it’s not safe for me to climb ladders anymore so I called Lindus to install  LeafGuard®. They replaced more of the rotten wood underneath the old gutter, sealed up the area and installed the gutter at no extra charge. I had Lindus install LeafGuard® on the rest of our house 30 years ago. They still work great."

David P.
Minneapolis, MN
September 27, 2020

"The gutter installers were very professional and efficient. Left our yard as clean as it was when they started. New gutters look GREAT!!"

Bob S.
Richfield, MN
September 25, 2020

"Did a great job on a complicated project. Excellent craftsmanship, can handle just about everything, a pleasure to work with."

Bill C.
Oak Park Heights, MN
August 31, 2020

"We had Lindus gutters put on our house and garage; we love them and the Lindus team."

Beth Anne C.
Maplewood, MN
May 12, 2020

"Very professional and thorough in providing estimate and in actual construction. Hard workers who clean up everything after construction."

Barbara B.
Hudson, WI
April 3, 2020
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