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 installing gutters yourself. Learn more about the many risks you face when attempting to install your own gutters.
Climbing A Ladder To Install Your Own Gutters
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 gutters yourself is a real possibility.
Achieving Perfect Pitch For Your First DIY Gutter Installation Is Challenging
In order for rain gutters to properly dispel water away from your home, they need to slope gradually. This involves correct calculations based on a home’s structure and the utilization of a leveling device. Construction industry gutter 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. If you make the mistake of having too much slope or too little, it will leave your home and landscaping vulnerable to water damage.
Proper Support & Measurements Is Essential When Installing Your Own Gutters
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. If the proper support isn’t in place or the measurements are wrong when you install your own gutters, these mistakes can cause gutters to sag or fall off your home completely.
Opting For Self-Install Gutters Means Sacrificing Seamless Options
Big box stores sell self-install gutters in sections that are pieced together to fit where a homeowner chooses to place them. The problem with do-it-yourself gutters 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 completely replace your home’s gutters.
Avoid Downspout Mistakes When Your Install Your Own Gutters
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. Don’t make this gutter installation mistake as 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 and mistakes to avoid when installing your own gutters.