Sep 19, 2016

5 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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"The Lindus crew that worked on my house was great! We had our large house re-sided, new brick, soffit and fascia, and gutters. They provided status updates, answered my questions, and provided great recommendations when we ran into the inevitable hiccup of replacing old with new. Their quality control process is above and beyond anything I have ever experienced which left me with an amazing end result in which I felt 100% confident in the lasting power."

Brenda D.
River Falls, WI
June 22, 2022

"I was extremely impressed with Lindus from the very first phone call to get an estimate on a new roof for my home. All of the customer service people, Brittany and Donna, to Jake in sales, Wayne and Brock with carpentry, Hunter on gutters, Tucker as project manager and the entire crew that did the roofing. Everybody was very professional, friendly, and great communication from beginning to end. I have recommended Lindus to others! Thank you so much!"

Pam B.
Vadnais Heights, MN
June 6, 2022

"We hired Lindus Construction to replace our gutters. They did a great job.  I highly recommend them. We will be using Lindus for future work on our home! Everyone with the team we worked with was polite, professional, punctual, and our gutters are amazing!"

Matthew N.
St. Paul, MN
May 26, 2022

"The gutters were installed quickly and the installers and salesman were all professional and courteous."

Peg B.
Turtle Lake, WI
May 26, 2022

"Everything went well - the crew was courteous and professional, the project finished ahead of schedule, and there was no leftover debris or refuse.

Todd S.
Minneapolis, MN
May 16, 2022

"Lindus did our home and cabin. Roof, siding, windows, gutters. Excellent job! Very pleased with everything! Thank you!"

Cheryl W.
Trego, WI
May 16, 2022
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